Yom Sheini, 17 AdarI 5781
Monday, 1 March 2021
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Translated literally, Bar/Bat Mitzvah means "son" (bar) or "daughter" (bat) "of the Commandments." Up until the late Middle Ages, a boy or girl would virtually ‘overnight’ become an adult and subject to all the obligations applicable to men and women under Halakhah (Jewish Law). From that time, a boy marked his competence to enter the adult Jewish world by being ‘called-up’ to read all or part of the Parashah (weekly Torah portion) and often the Haftarah (reading from the Prophets). Liberal Judaism affirms the equal status of boys and girls in religious education. Accordingly, we offer both Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies in our Communities as part of a Shabbat Morning Service. Liberal Judaism also believes that the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony is only the culmination of a process. Therefore, children (and parents) are expected to commit to regular attendance at the Cheder (Religion School) and Synagogue Services, to additional tuition and to agree to continue the child’s religious education up to Kabbalat Torah. Involvement in a Social Action project is also often encouraged.

Adult Bar/ Bat Mitzvah

Liberal Judaism recognises that Bar/Bat Mitzvah may also be a meaningful ceremony for adults. Some may not, for whatever reason, have had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah as part of a Synagogue service when they were 13. Others may wish to renew or reaffirm their personal commitment to Jewish tradition. The Rabbis and Communities of Liberal Judaism are pleased to assist adults in furthering their Jewish education and in preparation for being called up before the congregation to read from the Torah.