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Donate the cost of a bat mitzfah to kids who have REAL problems. There, I have solved your family crisis. Having a whole family focus on a child so egocentric she does not mind making everyone spin around her is ridiculous. She'd get less attention going through w/the ceremony. It sounds to me like this girl is NOT ready to celebrate her coming of age...she is still acting like a child. So, ignore it and send out a card to family/friends saying you had decided to give to a needy 13 yr old girl rather than over-indulge one who is already blessed. Actually, that seems MUCH more holy anyway.