The bar-mitzvah which hit the front pages of Britain's broadsheets (!) a few months ago for its extravagance has an American rival. The cost of the 13-year old (sic) bat-mitzvah girl's dress alone, in this case, comes to a whopping $27,000 (what's she wearing, pure gold?) -- more, probably, than most bat-mitzvahs cost altogether. G-d knows what her mother's wearing.