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Bark Mitzvah

Jordan Magaziner Steinfeld
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Karol Musher, Daniel Musher

Karol and Daniel Musher pose with the "Bark' Mitzvah boy.

The Musher family celebrated Samson’s Bark Mitzvah this summer. Samson was brought home as a stray 13 years ago, and Karol and Daniel Musher wanted to honor him with the ceremony. Shortly after Samson was rescued, the couple went to synagogue, and, undecided on a name for their new furry family member, they were struck by the rabbi’s mention of Samson that day. They agreed it was a fit. For the last 10 years, Karol has met regularly on Sunday mornings with a group of dog owners in the neighborhood, stopping for coffee and puppy lattes. Some of these neighbors gathered in the Musher’s lawn for the socially distanced Bark Mitzvah. Samson skipped the Torah reading, opting to lounge on the lawn instead, but he did wear a kippah. Daniel said a short prayer, and Karol baked and served individual muffins for each pup, made with peanut butter and topped with a dog biscuit. Karol and Daniel’s son, Benjamin, attended the Bark Mitzvah with wife Lydia and their children Talia, Avi, Noah, and Eli, who decorated a tablecloth with paw prints. For more, see "Bark Mitzvah: Samson’s Celebration" by Deborah Lynn Blumberg.  

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