But the fact that Daniel was inspired enough to do this video is pretty spectacular, said Clark Howard, an Atlanta-based syndicated consumer expert who appears on radio and TV, including HLN.
Howard doesn't know Daniel's parents, but when they reached out to one of his producers and he heard about what Daniel was doing, he was in. Something about a boy being pumped for his bar mitzvah got to him.
"It can be a brutal path," Howard said.
He should know. He didn't have his bar mitzvah until 11 years ago, when he was 46. He decided to do it when his oldest daughter was studying for -- and complaining about -- her coming-of-age ceremony.
"She said, 'Dad, why do I have to do this when you never did it?' I said, 'You're right,'" Howard remembered. "She thought I was going to say 'quit.' ... I said, 'Why don't I do it, too.'"
For two years he studied. He'd take breaks from a book tour to return to Atlanta and have lessons with his rabbi. He had no idea how hard it would be. Come the big day, which included a joint service with his daughter, Howard choked.
"She nailed it," he said. "I was completely pathetic."
Daniel, said those who know him, is bound to shine. He's working hard, according to his rabbi. He's conscientious and getting straight As, said his dad. The boy was racing off to Hebrew lessons, which he has twice a week, when CNN reached him Wednesday evening.
Fred Assaf, the head of Daniel's school, Pace Academy, and also a video cameo star, said there's a lesson in all of this -- especially for those who grumble about "kids these days."
"The world changes," he said. "We're trying to get kids to take leadership positions and create a new world and not be stuck in the past. We encourage critical thinking and creativity. If these young kids can't be smarter than us, we're in trouble."
If a child is having fun and is excited about an important milestone in his life, that's great news, he said.
"And a kid who's put himself out there regarding his faith, good for him," Assaf said. "Who can complain?"