Pink Slippers, Bat Mitzvah Blues by Ferida Wolff

Pink Slippers, Bat Mitzvah Blues

Written by Ferida Wolff
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Pink Slippers, Bat Mitzvah Blues by Ferida Wolff

A busy young girl struggles to understand her Jewish identity and balance the demands on her everyday life.


Alyssa struggles with the need to examine personal priorities and commitments. Guided by Jewish precepts, she is able to make some serious decisions. The suburban middle-class setting provides a sturdy anchor for this story. Rabbi Pearlman is exemplary

since she has completed her Bat Mitzvah, she is expected to make her own decisions. And, instead of joining the temple's confirmation class, concentrating on schoolwork or socializing with friends, Alyssa chooses to pursue her dance lessons. Her priorities shift, however, when her best friend Ellen becomes ill, and when Alyssa's Jewish identity becomes more important to her. Alyssa realizes that a delicate balance between avocation and responsibility can exist if she is strong enough to make difficult decisions. Readers will enjoy the universal conflicts Wolff eloquently delineates

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144 pages


Ferida Wolff
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Jewish Publication Society

Publication date

1st August 1994



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