bar mitzvot

bar mitzvah

[bahr mits-vuh or, Ashkenazic Hebrew bahr; Sephardic Hebrew bahr meets-vah] Judaism.
noun (often initial capital letters)
a solemn ceremony held in the synagogue, usually on Saturday morning, to admit as an adult member of the Jewish community a Jewish boy 13 years old who has successfully completed a prescribed course of study in Judaism.
the boy participating in this ceremony.
verb (used with object)
to administer the ceremony of bar mitzvah to: Our son was bar mitzvahed at the family synagogue.
Also, bar mizvah.
Compare bat mitzvah.

1860–65; < Biblical Aramaic bar son + Hebrew miṣwāh divine law, commandment

bar mitzvah, bas mitzvah, bat mitzvah. Unabridged
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Bar Mitzvah (bɑː ˈmɪtsvə)
1.  (of a Jewish boy) having assumed full religious obligations, being at least thirteen years of age
2.  the occasion, ceremony, or celebration of that event
3.  the boy himself on that day
[Hebrew: son of the law]

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Word Origin & History

Bar Mitzvah
1861, in Judaism, "male person who has completed his 13th year and thus reached the age of religious responsibility," from Heb., lit. "son of command."
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Cultural Dictionary
bar mitzvah [(bahr mits-vuh)]

An important ceremony and social event in Judaism marking the beginning of religious responsibility for Jewish boys of thirteen. Bar mitzvah is Hebrew for “son of the commandment.”

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