Definition of bar mitzvah in English:

bar mitzvah

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Pronunciation: /bɑː ˈmɪtsvə
 
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noun

  • 1The initiation ceremony of a Jewish boy who has reached the age of 13 and is regarded as ready to observe religious precepts and eligible to take part in public worship.
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    • A bat mitzvah, the female equivalent of a bar mitzvah, is a Jewish coming of age ceremony for girls aged 12 and over.
    • We have the same thing for various other institutions like a bar mitzvah, which celebrates Jewish adulthood at 13, but for the state it is 18.
    • The Jewish bar mitzvah, for example, celebrates a boy's entry into adolescence, and most of tribal Africa holds puberty rituals which may include dance, music, or seclusion.
  • 1.1A boy undergoing the bar mitzvah ceremony.
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    • The Great Depression happened as he reached the bar mitzvah age of 14.
    • In addition, on the Shabbat following the bar mitzvah boy's thirteenth birthday, he is called to the Torah during morning services at the synagogue to recite the blessing on the Haftorah.
    • At this point a boy is said to become Bar Mitzvah.

verb

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  • Administer the bar mitzvah ceremony to (a boy).
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    • But I never lit Chanukah candles, and I wasn't bar mitzvahed.
    • Shortly after Israel was bar mitzvahed, Moses died, and the following year young Izzy left home and school to try his luck at street singing.
    • The play centers on grandfather Gabe, a concentration-camp survivor and sculptor, working on a bust of Muhammad Ali, when his grandson, Michael, soon to be bar mitzvahed, drops in.

Origin

from Hebrew bar miṣwāh, literally 'son of the commandment'.

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