PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — During her bat mitzvah service, KWB became a woman in the eyes of God who is responsible for her actions and to whom the commandments apply.
Daringly, she used the opportunity to challenge God.
During the service, which she led with poise and confidence, KWB discussed her Torah portion, which involved a passage in Exodus in which the Israelites became impatient waiting for Moses to return from Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments and decide to worship a golden calf instead.1 God's punishment was to kill thousands of the Israelites.
After reading from the Torah, KWB said she thought God should have shown compassion and spent more time showing the Israelites that what they had done was wrong. Killing them, KWB asserted, did not teach them a lesson.
And so on the first occasion on which the commandments applied to KWB, she boldly showed God that she's got chutzpah.
1Besides, everyone knows that the best use of a golden calf is as a football trophy.