An Updated Candle-Lighting Ceremony
To be recited in front of the classic Bat Mitzvah sheet cake whilst lighting candles.
Making zines about girl power
Mosh pits are for women, too
Scrawling slut across our bellies
Riot Grrrl, this light's for you.
Torah and Shabbos, mamash a gevalt
Shlomo Carlebach showed me what I never knew
Like that music is prayer and yiddishkeit sweet
And one can be a misfit and still be a Jew
Dust storms and heatstroke and lips dry as snakeskin
The playa's a harsh and tempestuous bitch
In a good way of course, such unspeakable fun
Is on deck when you scratch that old Burning Man itch
Jennifer Bleyer is a writer and teacher at New York University. She was the founder and original editor of Heeb Magazine, and has written for the New York Times, Salon, Monocle, the Christian Science Monitor, Tablet, New York magazine and a bunch of other places.