Hundreds Of Stuffed Animals At The Jewish Museum Pay Unlikely Tribute To Immigrants

In the Jewish tradition, a Bar Mitzvah is a religious initiation ceremony for boys who, upon turning 13, become responsible for their actions in the eyes of their community. In avant-garde artist Charlemagne Palestine’s world, a “Bear Mitzvah” operates somewhat similarly. But instead of a pubescent boy, a stuffed teddy bear is the young subject of the hour, donning a yarmulke and tallis for the big day. A minyan, or an assembly of Jews required for traditional public worship ― in...

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