Jeremy Piven had one. So did the former owner of my pharmacy. And Kirk Douglas had two.
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How many times has an adult looked back on his life and wished that he had the opportunity to experience an important event again? But this time with the wisdom and perspective of age! This particular brand of ceremony has become increasingly popular in recent years and adults are attracted to them for several different reasons.
Most descriptions of an adult bar or bat mitzvah tend to focus on people of a certain age: women old enough to have grown up when females had no ritual purpose on the bimah pulpit of any synagogue and year-old men who celebrate a second bar mitzvah, having lived a life span of 70 years since the first. But adult bar or bat mitzvah happens at many ages and for many reasons. The very lack of necessity makes such an effort even more remarkable as a concrete, hard-won, and public affirmation of Jewish identity and commitment.
Bar Mitzvah literally translates as "son of commandment. The word " mitzvah " is Hebrew for "commandment. Often a celebratory party will follow the ceremony and that party is also called a bar mitzvah.
Jewish adults who have never studied Judaism nor celebrated a bat-bar mitzvah in their youth often seek a fuller and more meaningful relationship with their Judaism. Some adults master sufficient Hebrew to lead a service and deliver a drash at their congregation and others study some Torah, learn some blessings and prayers and are called to the Torah for an aliyah. Whether you celebrate with your home community or here in Israel, I am available to support you on this exciting and transformational journey!
To coin a phrase, you would like a Re-mitzvah. Focus on Jewish culture more so than religion in your studies. One such bar mitzvah started with a Yiddish song about labor rights.
On the 7th day of Sivan, June 10,the second day of Shavuoteleven of my fellow congregants and I crossed a significant threshold of adult Jewish life and became bat and bar mitzvah. We were nine women, two men and a teenager. We included: an year-old mother and her adult daughter, a grandfather who chose to become a bar mitzvah because his grandsons were about to, a father and his teenage son, Jews by choice, working mothers of young children, and more. The experience was the culmination of two years of study together.
Traditionally, a bar or bat mitzvah occurs at age 13 for boys and 12 for girls. However, many adult Jews who have never had a bar or bat mitzvah choose to have one later in life, and many who have had one at the traditional age choose to have a second. Many men have second bar mitzvahs at the age of 83, representing 70 years since their first.