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Bar mitzvah

a solemn ceremony held in the synagogue, usually on Saturday morning, to admit as an adult member of the Jewish community a Jewish boy 13 years old who has successfully completed a prescribed course of study in Judaism.
the boy participating in this ceremony.
to administer the ceremony of bar mitzvah to:
Our son was bar mitzvahed at the family synagogue.
Contemporary Examples

Friedman recounted a call from Stevens about bar mitzvah etiquette and what sort of gift to bring.
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He’d come to your child’s bar mitzvah, but his interest in synagogues seemed anthropological.
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But my bar mitzvah rabbi survived the camps, camps he could have probably avoided because of his Aryan looks.
A Jewish Ex-Con Recalls Keeping Kosher with the Faithful in Prison Daniel Genis May 10, 2014

The story undermined my entire Hebrew-school education and sucked all the pleasure out of my bar mitzvah.
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In August, Horowitz became an Internet sensation when his bar mitzvah performance went viral.
YouTube Sensation Sam Horowitz Picks Eight Looks for Hanukkah The Fashion Beast Team November 27, 2013

Last week I wrote about Sam Horowitz, the bar mitzvah boy who went viral via his Las Vegas style dance routine.
Rethinking Sam Horowitz’s Bar Mitzvah Mira Sucharov August 20, 2013

On her bar mitzvah year: “I had the busiest social calendar in New York”
The Dark Recesses of Lena’s Brain Amy Zimmerman February 20, 2014

Drake’s bar mitzvah Dance No 13-year-old has ever had as much swagger as Drake, then simply Aubrey Graham, at his bar mitzvah.
The Six Most Fabulous, Most Epic Bar Mitzvah Dances Ever (VIDEO) Kevin Fallon August 13, 2013

Historical Examples

Being clever, before he was 13 years old, when he became “bar mitzvah,” he had gained a thorough Talmudical education.
Some Jewish Witnesses For Christ Rev. A. Bernstein, B.D.

Now I’m called to go to a bar mitzvah, but will write you again very soon.
Pictures of Jewish Home-Life Fifty Years Ago Hannah Trager

(of a Jewish boy) having assumed full religious obligations, being at least thirteen years of age
the occasion, ceremony, or celebration of that event
the boy himself on that day

1861, in Judaism, “male person who has completed his 13th year and thus reached the age of religious responsibility,” from Hebrew, literally “son of command.” As a name for the ceremony itself, by 1941.
bar mitzvah [(bahr mits-vuh)]

An important ceremony and social event in Judaism marking the beginning of religious responsibility for Jewish boys of thirteen. Bar mitzvah is Hebrew for “son of the commandment.”


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