Age Ceremonies For A Young Jew

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Since the beginning of time coming of age ritual have existed. Whether it be circumcision or hunting, or quinceaneras, coming of age ceremonies to celebrate adulthood have been around ever since the beginning of time. There are many different coming of age ceremonies that vary depending on a certain religion. In the catholic religion there are several, first baptism, first communion, confirmation. Judaism does not fall behind on coming of age ceremonies. One of the most important coming of age ceremonies for a young Jew is a known as a Bar mitzvah. Bar mitzvah or Bat mitzvah translates to “son (daughter) of commandment. This means that the young individual becomes responsible to observe the commandments (mizvot) of the Torah. The…show more content…
Kabbalistic tradition believes that a person spiritual being has several levels of a soul. Rabbi Shraga says “ a new level of soul (called neshama) comes into awareness at the Bar/ Bat mitzvah time. This is the time when moral awareness and sensitivity fully develops, enabling young people to take responsibility for their actions” (Simmons, 2014). This makes sense because they are now leaving childhood behind and they need to be responsible for the actions that they do. (Simmons, 2014) One of the reasons why actions are considered more significant after reaching a certain age is because of the Talmud. The Talmud explains that a mitzvah performed because one is commanded is consider greater than a mitzvah performed voluntarily(Simmons, 2014) . This is because overcoming this aversion is a sign of maturity, and it is what the Bar/Bat mitzvah celebrates (reaching the stage of obligation.) A bat / bar mitzvah is a religious obligation that is not taken lightly by the Jewish community(Simmons, 2014) . In many Jewish communities they require the study with a Rabbi and or a Cantor for months, sometimes even years(Simmons, 2014) . On Shabbat, the Torah ( a scroll which contains five books of Moses) is read publicly. The Torah is divided into 54 portions, following an annual cycle and one portion is read each week in the synagogue ( the meeting place where a Jewish congregation meets) (Simmons, 2014) . Not only does the young
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