Bar Mitzvah/Bat Mitzvah
"Son/Daughter of the commandment"
What is a Bar Mitzvah?
Contrary to popular belief, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony is not mandatory, as one will automatically be considered to gain these rights once they turn 12/13. The ages 12 and 13 are picked as it is normally the time when their bodies will reach maturity (when they go through puberty)
Why are there two names for it?
Significance of Bar/Bat Mitzvah
What happens at a Bar Mitzvah?
- Takes place at a Synogogue
- Years of preparation has been taking place
- Reading passages of the Torah, this is done with a special pointer, as the Torah is considered very sacred and is not to be touched by hands
- After the reading/the ceremony, its time for the party!
- During the party/reception, everybody will participate in dancing the Hora (A dance where the guests will form a circle, around the birthday boy/girl, who will be lifted up on a chair)
- There will be a large buffet for all the guests to enjoy
The hora is a typical dance at any Jewish celebration, this is a video of the Hora at a Jewish wedding reception
Rap superstar, Drake recently had a second Bar Mitzvah as he wanted to reestablish his Jewish faith
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