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What are the origins of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

Maturity  Simply put a Bar/Bat Mitzvah (lit. Son/Daughter of Mitzvah) is someone who is old enough to be considered an adult as far as Torah law...

What message can I inscribe on a Bar Mitzvah gift?

Question: I will be attending Bar/Bat Mitzvahs of grandchildren, and I'm giving them each an ID bracelet with their initials on it. Any suggested...

Why is it important to have a Bat Mitzvah?

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...

How much preparation should a child have prior to his Bar Mitzvah?

13 years. Bar Mitzvah is the age and day when a boy becomes mature enough to be obligated to follow G-d’s commandments and live a G-dly lifestyle....

What gifts are appropriate for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?

A Bat or Bar Mitzvah is a birthday unlike any other in a Jewish person’s life, so save the magazine subscription, hair dryer, or Play Station for...

Why do girls enter the age of mitzvahs one year before boys?

Rabbi Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today?Amy: when was bat mitzvah introduced?Rabbi Gurkow: the concept...

Can a Jew who was not Barmitzvahed get an aliyah at a bar mitzvah?

Rabbi Dov Schochet: Welcome... What's on your mind today? Rabbi Dov Schochet: hi Joanna: Can A jew who was not Barmitzvahed get an aliyah at a bar...

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

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...

Why does a father thank G-d for “relieving me from punishment due to this [boy]”?

This blessing is recited by the father of a bar mitzvah boy when the young man receives his first aliyah to the Torah.The meaning of the blessing, as you...

Do I have to make a big party to become a Bar Mitzvah?

To become Bar Mitzvah, you must reach the age of thirteen.1 The custom of making a feast is very old, but the scope of the feast varies from...