A personal note to George Allen
I understand from one of my readers that your father has passed away, George, and thus won't be able to attend your bar mitzvah. I'm really sorry about that.
But now you'll be able to say the Kaddish, the Hebrew Prayer for the Dead, at Yom Kippur services this year! Whew, talk about baptism by fire!
Don't worry; since you probably won't have learned to read Hebrew in two weeks' time, your temple will have copies of the prayer spelled out phonetically.
You have joined a temple, haven't you?