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Description: Religion is an important aspect of an iddividual's life. It fster closer relationship among people of similar beliefs and practices. Every religion, bothe ancient and modern has special Rites of Passage tied to the biological and sociological events that typify life and this webquest seeks to enlighten students and readres alike about the various Rites of Passage associated with the major religions.
Grade Level: 9-12
Curriculum: Social Studies
Keywords: Bar Mitvah, Bat Mitvah , Brit Milah, Torah, Tefillin, Tallit, Talmud
Author(s): Sasha- Gay Henry
Description: Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah: are Jewish coming of age rituals. Bar is a Jewish Babylonian Aramaic word literally meaning son, in Hebrew it's B". Bat is Hebrew for girl, and Mitzvah is a commandment and a law. While this literally translates to "son of the law" or "daughter of the law", the rabbinical phrase "bar" means here "under the category. In Judaism, at the age of 13 years a Jewish male makes his entry into the community as an adult. This is done at a ceremony called Bar Mitzavah or Son of Commandment. It means that the Jewish boy should fulfil all the commandments. A boy's transition to maturityis marked by his being called up to read from the scroll of the Torah, during Sabbath morning services this stage, the boy is allowed to wera his tallit and tefillin, whenever he prays. During the Bar Mitzvah ceremony, the boy's father gives thanks to God that he has been freed from the heavy burden of being responsible for his son's spiritual welfare. From here on, a boy is treated like an adult and is responsible to make his own decisions. At the age of 12 years, a Jewish female makes her entry into the community as an adult. This ceremony, some Jewish girls are given the privilege to read from the scroll of the Torah, even though women are not expected to keep the Commandments of the Jewish law. Therefore, the Bat Mitzvah ceremony is not such a great event.