Lifecycle Rituals

History of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Rabbi John L. Rosove
Bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah are the titles given to all Jews who reach the age of 13, regardless of whether or not they have studied to commemorate the occasion with a ritual, ceremony, or celebration.

Reflections on a Jewish Baby-Naming

Margie Bogdanow
What we call ourselves and what others call us often impacts the way we view ourselves and the way we are seen in this world. With that as a belief, what a privilege it was to be involved in a naming ceremony for my granddaughter.