In rabbinic texts, the distinction between childhood and young adulthood is the birth of the yetzer hatov, the good inclination.
Although not associated with puberty, this rite represents a spiritual "coming of age" for adult Jews.
The bar mitzvah ceremony is medieval, but a bar mitzvah blessing appears nearly a millenium earlier.
A family educator offers words of advice to the family.
Reaching the age of majority was not always a requirement for commandments such as being called up to the Torah.
How Old is Old Enough?
Age and its significance, terminology, parents' blessing, parent-child dynamics, and motivations for adult bar/bat mitzvah.