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Why is it important to have a Bat Mitzvah?

by Rabbi Shlomo Chein

  

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A Bat Mitzvah happens whether we "have" it or not.

Bat Mitvah means "Daughter of Mitzvah." It is the age at which a Jewish girl becomes obligated to fulfill G-d’s commandments. That age is 12. We turn 12 automatically.

It is important to CELEBRATE the Bat Mitzvah because it is a beautiful day. It is the day when a girl enters a binding relationship with G-d in which she has the opportunity to actually do things for Him. It is the day on which she joins the ranks of the Jewish people who are carrying out G-d's mission, to make this world a place of good, a place that welcomes G-d.

A Bat Mitzvah happens whether we "have" it or not.
To celebrate properly, a girl should study what G-d expects and desires of a Jewish girl.

(Ed. note: needless to say, all of the above applies to a boy and his Bar Mitzvah. This article was a response to an actual email sent to Askmoses, asking the question about a girl.)


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Bar Mitzvah
The thirteenth birthday of a Jewish male. On this day -- customarily celebrated with a modest party -- the adolescent reaches adulthood and is responsible to observe all the commandments of the Torah.
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.
G-d
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.