So you think you can Mitzvah? Sam Horowitz, 13, entered manhood and reset the bar in bar mitzvah with a Christina Aguilera “burlesque” routine that looked more like Abby Lee choreographed it than a rabbi.
This was an extravaganza that Sam and his mom Angela Horowitz came up with after seeing a show where people popped out of chandeliers, the boy told Good Morning America.
Among the many things Jewish mothers are said to be, choreographer wasn’t on the list until now.
Bar mitzvah is a Jewish coming of age religious ceremony. "Mitzvah" is "commandment" in Hebrew. Girls have a bat mitzvah.
My maiden name is Goldenthal and I spent plenty of time in synagogues and at bar mitzvahs in my day. While my mom is Roman Catholic, my sons often tell me my Jewish mother gene is dominant.
I am pretty sure the Torah (code of Jewish law) does not require burlesque dancers gyrating to the tune of Christina Aguilera’s “Show Me How You Burlesque.”
These were not girls his age dancing, but women clad in gold fringe, micro mini-dresses shaking everything they have for twice what it’s worth.
Sam, in white tux, materialized from a massive chandelier to join the dancers in a choreographed number to “Dance Again” by Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull.
The video of the event has gone viral.
The boy had to practice the dance routine three hours every weekend for a month, but his religious study was a much greater time commitment.
Sam told GMA, “The party really was special, but the party is just a celebration. It’s really about the service, and it took two years to prepare for that. It’s a really big milestone in my life and it meant a lot to me, so I’m happy people are enjoying it.”
Seeing how extravagant this mom got for her son’s coming of age party, I imagine she is already choreographing his wedding. For that she’s gonna have to top a YouTube classic, the JK Wedding, which currently stands at 81 million views and has spawned a host of copycat wedding videos.
I believe that if anyone can top that, my money’s on a Jewish mother because they are goal oriented, loving, and unstoppable.
After all, what's the difference between a Rottweiler and a Jewish mother? Eventually, the Rottweiler lets go.