Category Archives: Bar/Bat Mitzvah

The Torah Service

The Torah Service – Bar/Bat Mitzvah   The Bar (son) or Bat (daughter) Mitzvah (B’nei = children) reads directly from Torah as part of the ceremony to become a responsible member of the community. The Torah service: TORAH SERVICE THE … Continue reading

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The Tradition of Timeless Gifts for a Bar/Bat Mitzva or Graduation

Long before the disposable ballpoint pen, the replaceable battery-operated Timex watch and the check or gift certificate, two gifts were a must for a young person: a fountain pen for a bar/bat mitzvah and a Swiss watch for the high … Continue reading

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A Special Blessing for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah from Parents

In the tradition of Moses as he blessed each of the tribes a blessing should be given to their child upon this special occasion. Note the Blessings from Moses (Deut 34:1-8) it is a special way to offer a blessing to … Continue reading

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Parasha-based or Tzedakah-based Theme and Decorations

Sometimes the parasha or Torah portion lends itself to the theme and decorations used at the event. Instead of flowers on the bemah and tables, fruits, nuts, books and/or toys can be used for the centerpieces, and they can be … Continue reading

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14 Candle Ceremony

This is not a Jewish ceremony per se , but it relates to the “birthday” aspect of the event, adding more fun to the celebration. It also presents the opportunity to honor additional guests. It can be organized in various ways. … Continue reading

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Tallit-Tzitzit Tying Ceremony

We make our own tallit, by first selecting a favorite fabric. We have the Atara embroidered or specially decorated. The night before the mitzva event, we have a gathering where all the close friends and relatives help tie the Tzitzit … Continue reading

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