Bar and Bat Mitzvah: Jewish youths step boldly, faithfully into adulthood

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  • Ad Rem Falls Church, VA
    Aug. 24, 2013 8:41 a.m.

    @ The Scientist - The fundamental meaning of the bar mitzvah hasn't changed over time - the child becomes obligated and responsible for the commandments.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Aug. 23, 2013 12:57 p.m.

    The tradition of the boy’s first public reading from the Torah in the synagogue comes at the same age at which Jesus was found in the temple in discussion with the doctors, hearing them and asking them questions (Luke 2: 42-50). There was no formal bar mitzvah as such in the time of Jesus. But I can’t help wondering about the possible significance in this entry by Luke which stands as the only Gospel-reported event in Jesus’ life between his birth and his adult life.

  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    Aug. 23, 2013 7:25 a.m.

    Nicely written article. One of the better articles by this author. The meaning of the bar mitzvah has evolved over time. I would have liked to see a bit more about the hisrory of the bat mitzvah and its "defiant" roots.