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Zoey and Ari's Bat Mitzvah Project

October, 2012

You may have heard the joke that there is more "bar" and not enough mitzvah in current bat and bar mitzvah celebrations — suggesting that the party is more important than the religious rite of passage.

One way to counter that is be placing an emphasis on the mitzvah, not just the commandment but by encouraging your child to take on a "mitzvah project," doing something good for their community and others.

Check out what Zoey and Ari chose to do in honor of their bat mitzvahs, sharing their passion for Jewish camp with others:

 

 

Hebrew for "son of the commandments." In modern Jewish practice, Jewish boys come of age at 13. When a boy comes of age, he is officially a bar mitzvah and considered an adult. The term is commonly used as a short-hand for the bar mitzvah's coming-of-age ceremony and/or celebration. The female equivalent is "bat mitzvah." Plural form of the Hebrew word "mitzvah" which means "commandment," it has two meanings. The first are the commandments given in the Torah. ("You should obey the mitzvah of honoring your parents!") The second is a good deed. ("Helping her carry her groceries home was such a mitzvah!") Hebrew for "commandment," it has two meanings. The first are the commandments given in the Torah. ("You should obey the mitzvah of honoring your parents!") The second is a good deed. ("Helping her carry her groceries home was such a mitzvah!")
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