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The New York Times recently carried a story describing the new trend of 'e-prepping' for Bar & Bat Mitzvah ceremonies via the internet. More and more 'cyber Rabbis' are offering Bar Mitzvah training using Skype and a webcam for personal one-on-one training sessions aided by digital audio and Youtube recordings of the melodies for the Torah and Haftarah readings. The lessons can include Hebrew reading and preparation of the dvar Torahs (an explication of the themes set out in the day’s readings) as well as reviewing progress on the charitable projects that have become a staple of bar mitzvah programs. The students can do their prepping from home at times that meet their busy schedules.
Updated: Nov. 23, 2010