Bar/Bat Mitzvah

History of Confirmation

Confirmation changed the requirements for Jewish "adulthood" by moving the focus from religious practice to doctrine.

The Ethics of Family Inclusion

Who we invite to a simcha (celebration) reflects our sense of family identity.

The Parents’ Blessing: Baruch She-p’tarani

The bar mitzvah ceremony is medieval, but a bar mitzvah blessing appears nearly a millenium earlier.

Parent-Child Dynamics Shift Before Bar/Bat Mitzvah

A family educator offers words of advice to the family.

The Jewish Age of Majority and Its Obligations

Reaching the age of majority was not always a requirement for commandments such as being called up to the Torah.

Contemporary Issues in Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Contemporary Bar/Bat Mitzvah Issues. The Bar / Bat Mitzvah Celebrarion. Jewish Coming of Age. Jewish Lifecycle

About Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Age and its significance, terminology, parents' blessing, parent-child dynamics, and motivations for adult bar/bat mitzvah.

The Pros and Cons of a Day School Education

One parent shares her family's thoughts about the possibility of her daughter attending a Jewish day school.