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Octogenarian Celebrates His Bar Mitzvah at Purim Party

March 15, 2009 9:45 AM
At 81 years old, Arnold Edward celebrated his bar mitzvah – an event typically marking 13-year-old boys’ entry into Jewish adulthood – by putting on tefillin for the first time during a Purim party at the Rainbow Seniors Center in Gaithersburg, Md. Rabby Chesky Tenenbaum, program director of the Chabad-Lubavitch center in Upper Montgomery County, presided over the ceremony and party, which included the traditional reading of the Scroll of Esther.
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Wearing an oversized hat in honor of Purim, a Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinical student assists 81-year-old Arnold Edward in donning tefillin for the first time. “We danced and sang,” related Tenenbaum. “90-year-old men were crying.”
Wearing an oversized hat in honor of Purim, a Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinical student assists 81-year-old Arnold Edward in donning tefillin for the first time. “We danced and sang,” related Tenenbaum. “90-year-old men were crying.”

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