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Linking Northern and Central NJ, Bronx, Manhattan, Westchester and CT

Dear Shayna B.,

My family is invited to our neighbor’s bar mitzvah but I do not want to go! The bar mitzvah boy has always been nasty to me but he puts on a friendly face when he is with adults. The problem is I always spend Shabbat with my family and this is going to be a hard situation to get out of. What would you do, Shayna?

Signed,
Afraid Ariel

Dear Afraid Ariel,

If I were in your shoes here’s what I’d do: Tell your parents about this faker. Try to persuade them not to make you go. If they still won’t listen, pretend you’re sick. Put hot water on your forehead and moan and groan. Don’t forget to be dramatic. You can’t overdo it, so don’t worry. If that doesn’t work, dress in disguise. You can try to disguise yourself as your old granny. They wouldn’t make her do anything she wouldn’t want to do. So fingers crossed!

Best of luck,
Shayna B.

Shayna is a fourth grader and understands what kids in elementary school are going through. She is happy to help others navigate this tricky time. She can be reached at [email protected]. She is looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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