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Bar and bat Mitzvah both translate to the meaning “son (or) daughter of commandment.” The most commonly spoken language of the Jewish people and most people in the Middle East starting in 500 B.C.E – 400 C.E is the vernacular language known as Aramaic. The words bar, bat and mitzvah all come from this language. The term “bar (bat) mitzvah” refers to two different things: first off, when a boy or girl comes of age (12/13), they have become a “bar (bat) mitzvah,” and then are recognized by the Jewish tradition as having the same rights as a grown man. They are now both responsible for the decisions and actions they make. The second thing it refers to is the religious ceremony that accompanies them becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. This is usually a celebratory party following the ceremony. This event incorporates a right of passage for the teenagers and makes it so they feel to be a bigger part of the Jewish community.
A bar and bat mitzvah are one of the most memorable and precious moments in every religious community. These young children are opening themselves to the central symbol of the tradition, and in the Jewish tradition, the central symbol is the Torah, “the revelation to Moses on Mount Sinai and all that has issued from it over some three thousand years” (The Pluralism Project). The bar and bat mitzvah read from the Torah because on this day they become responsible to observe the commandments, also known as mitzvoth, of the Torah.
The whole point of the bar and bat mitzvah recognition is much more than the celebration and “big day.” It is the day that a boy or girl begins to enter into a new phase of their life. They take on new responsibilities as not only a Jew, but as the child of the commandment. These children now b...

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