This collection of weekly Torah portions will help teen readers greatly with their bar and bat mitzvah portions. The book is well organized by Torah chapters in clear understandable sections so that the student will be able to give a Torah message with his or her bat or bar mitzvah speech. According to the introduction by Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, it is also “about readers of all ages leading a life based on the Torah’s values and teachings, as they receive religious guidance and ways to deepen their Jewish identity.” Although Rabbi Cohen, the author, is Orthodox, his reflections are timely and based on “a whole range of Jewish experiences,” so this book will work for all branches of Judaism. The book contains a glossary and an index, is easy to read, and is highly recommended for ages 12-up
Andrea Davidson is the librarian of The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood, Ohio. She holds an M.L.S. from the University of Michigan and is a former member of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards Committee. She enjoys trying out the books she reviews on the kids at the Temple and on her grandchildren.