BY: Eric B.

This special occasion was started in ancient times. To celebrate Boy passing over to adult hood or as most people say turning thirteen. It meant that the boy would be responsible for his own actions and perform the ritual law needed. Although this task was not easy for these young men, they had to study excursively for many months.

On a Sabbath or after his thirteenth birthday the boy recites the blessing for the torah Following a celebration and meal with family. The meal contains lots of special foods honoring the son's big accomplishment.

It is a lot like a 16th 18th or 21st birthday. To celebrate the new things that you are allowed to do because by then you are responsible for your actions. Presents are given and if your parents have a lot of money you have a birthday.


Bar mitzvah started around the ancient times. When a boy turns 13 they become a man at their bar mitzvah. On Sabbath the boy recites the torah. There is usually a meal after the bar mitzvah. It contains lots of special food honoring the big accomplishment.

The bar mitzvah is a lot like a sweet 16. Presents are given or money just like we do.

Bar Mitzvahs
By: Katie R.

There are many Jewish holidays that I could have chosen, but I picked Bar Mitzvahs. Many people wonder what Bar Mitzvah means, well bar means son and mitzvah means commandments so put it together and you have son of the commandments. Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise introduced Bar Mitzvahs to the United States in 1846 in Albany, New York.

Jews believe that when a boy turns thirteen, he has become a man. The boy stands in front of his friends and family reciting parts of the Torah. The young man's father gives a speech stating that his son has matured.

After the speeches, there is a feast of Challah bread, fruit, vegetables, nuts, fish, meats, pastries, chocolates, candies, and wine. When the feast is over, the dancing begins! For decorations they have beautiful and exquisitely made centerpieces.

Bar Mitzvahs are kind of like birthdays. During both occasions' people eat special foods, get presents, and have lots of family and friends to share it with.

I wouldn't mind being Jewish myself!

Bar/Bat Mitzvah
By Alyssa P.

Two ceremonies can take place when someone turns thirteen. One is a Bar Mitzvah. Bar Mitzvah means son of the commandments. The other is a Bat Mitzvah. It means daughter of the commandments. A Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a fun and exciting Jewish holiday that celebrates the crossing over from childhood to adulthood. This gives the person more opportunities like taking part in religious ceremonies and also, it allows them to get married.

This amazing holiday started in 1924 and was invented by a person named Kaplan. At a Bar/Bat Mitzvah they have many varieties of food like fruits, vegetables, nuts grain, fish, chocolates, and some animals.

This ceremony has special decorations. There are baskets, candles, and many more. There are also special activities you do such as lighting candles and reading things from a Torah.

This holiday is very different from any of our holidays but in a way it's kind of like a birthday because you get older, it's celebrated, and you have something like a ceremony.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah
By: Catelyn L.

Bar mitzvah means son of the commandments. A bat mitzvah means daughter of the commandments. A bar/bat mitzvah is a fun and exciting holiday that celebrates the crossing over from childhood to adulthood. This means they can take part in religious ceremonies and get married. Bar means boy and bat means girl. A boy has his bar mitzvah at the age of 13. A girl has her bat mitzvah at the age 12. Although sometimes this has to be postponed.

This holiday started in 1924, at a man named, Kaplan's home. They have special decorations for these ceremonies. For example: baskets, themes, candles, and much more. They celebrate it by them getting their own Torah. Also they have amusements such as magicians. Candle lighting is also done. For the activities they light candles and make speeches. The food they eat is quite similar to ours. Some of them are: chocolates, fruits, veggies, nuts, grain, fish, and some animals.

A bar/bat mitzvah is similar to one of our own special holidays here in the United States. It compares to our birthdays. Examples are that we get older and have more responsibilities. Also almost all of us celebrate it by having a party or a get together.

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