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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Bat Mitzvah Madness

This article in the Style section of today's NY Times gave me a headache:
Ja Rule, the platinum-selling rapper accustomed to Madison Square Garden, could not afford to strain his vocal cords. He had an important gig the next night. He was playing a Miami steakhouse. The occasion was a bat mitzvah.

The next night he displayed considerably more fire, performing for more than an hour in front of 215 friends and relatives of Amber Ridinger, 13, sometimes barking out their names as he rapped. But that wasn't all. As he closed out the set, another superstar, Ashanti, joined him onstage for three numbers. As they performed, Amber stood onstage with them, in a $27,000 Dolce & Gabbana dress, waving to the crowd, particularly her deep-pocketed parents, Loren and J. R. Ridinger, the founder of an Internet marketing company.
Rent-a-superstar? A $27,000 dress for a pre-teen? Oy.

And as at every bat mitzvah, you have the proud parents. In this case, though, no one is saying anything about being proud of the bat mitzvah girl:
The Ridingers, who recounted the evening in an interview, proudly acknowledge that their booking two pop stars for a party that would typically call for a kitschy cover band wearing ill-fitting tuxedos was a social achievement, even in Miami money circles.
I guess my neighborhood isn't quite as bad as I thought. $1,000 strollers beat $27,000 bat mitzvah dresses any day.


Blogger Classmate-Wearing-Yarmulka said...

Still better than having the Laker Girls perform at your Bar Mitzvah. There was a story about that during the NBA lockout back in 1998.

11:59 AM  
Blogger respondingtojblogs said...

There is justice in the world...her name is Amber!

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In all fairness, the article did slip in a mention that the rapper (and the singer Ashanti) appeared at this particular bat mitzvah party for nothing as friends of the family (!!!)

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope this girl fixes her parents real good by becoming a baalas tashuva.

2:01 PM  
Blogger MDmom said...

it's just a bigger bugaboo!

4:48 PM  
Blogger Gavriel said...


I was reflecting with my friend today that a Nobel Prize only gets you about $1,000,000. Here is this kid getting a $500,000 party, just for turning 13! I'm not trying to minimize the incredible effort that must have gone into that accomplishment. But is this 13 year old REALLY half way to Nobel levels of achievement?

5:34 PM  
Blogger Shifra said...

That's an obscene waste.
I'm not usually so judgement but that story just made me VERY sad.

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if those rappers are family friends then i'm the pope.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is that pretty blonde woman in the blue hat in the magazine picture you?

8:49 PM  
Blogger Shifra said...

It's not really OM, it's just an artist's rendering.

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$500K will pale in comparison to the cost of little Amber's therapy down the line.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Essie said...

So sad...where is the mitzvah in this girl's bat mitzvah?

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know whether they are actually friends or not, but the article said:
"In this case the stars worked free as friends of the family, the Ridingers said."
Also according to the article, the parents are "the founder of an Internet marketing company", and who knows with dot commers?

What I read, that's all I know. And everything I read is true.

12:24 PM  
Anonymous SephardiLady said...

All Bar, no mitzvah. Sad.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous aliza said...

Gave you headache? It turned my stomach. That's just vile.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was unbelievable that the Times found this 13 year old was newsworthy. Has she done anything that is special. All I see is a spoiled rich kid, who will want more and more.

10:19 PM  
Anonymous buy Cialis said...

it's a great article, specially the way like the author redacted the information. I think we couldn't ignore the main point about all this, and also you must be know about the marketing deal, according with this kind of information.

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