Bar Mitzva

בַּר מִצְוָה bar mitzva – literally, “son of the mitzva”, or בַּת מִצְוָה bat mitzva for girls, meaning “daughter of the mitzva”. The rite of passage into adulthood for children aged 12 to 13, in which the rights and obligations of the religious commandments are placed upon them. After their bar or bat mitzva, children are responsible for their own actions as adults.

Read Rabbi Steinsaltz’s essay on bar mitzvot.

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