Baboons, Bonobos, and Bar Mitzvah Boys

What does it mean to be a man? Are aggression and violence inherent to being male? Rooted in primatology, Jewish education, and deeply personal experience, Rabbi Daniel Brenner shares a hopeful look at the fate of the bar mitzvah boy, and offers an alternative to the self-replicating cycle of toxic masculinity.

Rabbi Daniel Brenner is the Chief of Education and program for Moving Traditions, an education non-profit that champions mentorship programs for tweens and teens. In the last twenty years he has played key roles in some of the most creative organizations in the Jewish world, including CLAL-the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and Birthright Israel, and was named one of America’s most influential rabbis by Newsweek Magazine. Rabbi Brenner received rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He is also the founder of a new dance craze,

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