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Am I less of a Jew if I was never Bar Mitzvah'd?

by Rabbi Yossi Marcus


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You’re as Jewish as Moses.

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony is a celebration of something that happens to you at age 12/13: you become an adult. The celebration does not make it happen. It happens; so we celebrate. But if it was not celebrated for whatever reason, that does not mean that it didn’t happen.

You are a Jew because you were born a Jew. The idea that being Bar/Bat Mitzvahed somehow makes you a Jew is a big mistake and I think some people have this notion from other religions.

That’s number one. Number two, it's never too late to celebrate. If you didn't do so already, you can do a “Bar/Bat Mitzvah” ceremony/celebration at any age.

See also "What is Bar/Bat Mitvah?"


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Life Cycle » Bar/Bat Mitzvah » Age of Responsibility

(pl. Mitzvot). A commandment from G-d. Mitzvah also means a connection, for a Jew connects with G–d through fulfilling His commandments.
[Hebrew pronunciation: Moshe] Greatest prophet to ever live. Led the Jews out of Egyptian bondage amidst awesome miracles; brought down the Tablets from Mount Sinai; and transmitted to us word-for-word the Torah he heard from G-d's mouth. Died in the year 1272 BCE.
Bat Mitzvah
The twelvth birthday of a Jewish female. On this day -- customarily celebrated with a lavish party -- the adolescent reaches adulthood and is responsible to observe all the commandments of the Torah.