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In the book My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula L. Freedman, Tara Feinstein learns many valuable lessons about friendships, family, and tradition.

In the book My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula L. Freedman, Tara Feinstein learns many valuable lessons about friendships, family, and tradition. Being a Hindi-Jew she struggles with deciding if she’ll have a Bat Mitzvah (a Jewish celebration you have when you’re 13) or not.

Trying to balance studying her haftorah, spending time with her best friends Ben-o and Rebecca, and keeping up with her Indian traditions was tough. Between getting into fights at Hebrew school and Robotics club with Ryan Berger she is pulled in every direction. When Tara finds out that Ben-o might like her she finds every excuse to deny it. Could this change their friendship forever?

I particularly loved this book because I too am Jewish. I also have a very strong Jewish background, so I understood a lot of the references the author used. Even if you aren’t Jewish you can still enjoy this book because there is an index in the book explaining all the terms used. I think that this book would be enjoyed by a middle school based audience ages 10-14.

 

“My Basmati Bat Mitzvah” is an exciting book filled with romance and comedy. It is the perfect story for anyone willing to learn about the Indian-Jewish-American lifestyle or anyone who enjoys a good book. Will she have a Bat Mitzvah or will her Indian heritage be too strong? Read the book to find out what she chooses.