bar and bat mitzvah

Have You Wondered What Bar and Bat Mitzvah is About?
June 1, 2004

Bar mitzvah literally means son of the commandment” and refers to a boy who has reached 13 years of age. At this time, he is considered a man who is now responsible to take on the religious obligations of Jewish life. The term bar mitzvah is also commonly used for the ceremony itself, the rite…

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Are We Getting It Right?
March 1, 2001

Ben W.: I’ve heard that for most guys who are bar mitzvah these days, after their bar mitzvah they forget about everything—Hebrew, shul and God. I’ve been a believer in the Messiah Jesus for as long as I can remember, since I was about four years old. Because of Jesus, I think this bar mitzvah…

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A Jewish Believer and Atonement
October 1, 1996

An Orthodox-turned-agnostic Jew finds complete forgiveness for his sins.

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The Messianic Bar Mitzvah
April 1, 1996
Author: Stephen Katz

Well I had a bar mitzvah when I was thirteen, The greatest bar mitzvah that you’ve ever seen. The temple on the corner of Mayfield and Lee was filled with my friends and my family, all of them proud as proud could be, with catering far as the eye could see— complete with a chopped…

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We’re Glad You Asked…
September 1, 1993

Question: I have heard some people accuse Jewish believers in Christ of neo-Galatianism” because you talk about celebrating the Jewish holidays. What, exactly, is neo-Galatianism, and how would you answer such a charge? And why do you Jewish believers continue to celebrate Jewish holidays anyhow? Answer: In Paul’s letter to the Galatian Christians he told…

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Bas Mitzvah
March 1, 1983

At last! The Sabbath eve of my long anticipated Bas Mitzvah! More than the culmination of months of study, it was a step toward maturity. As I waited on the bimah during the Friday evening service, I savored the exciting thought that in just a few short moments I would officially enter into Jewish adulthood…

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Son of Commandment

I remember being nervous. My mouth felt dry, and the palms of my hands were sticky with sweat. I had just completed a whole year of intensive training to prepare me for just these next few hours. Would I remember my speech, the only part I was to present in English? Would I stumble over…

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