The occasion of the celebration of becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah affords the Bar/Bat Mitzvah the opportunity to affirm his/her Jewish identity and to demonstrate his/her taking responsibility for his/her Jewish adulthood by taking major roles in the Saturday service.
These usually include:
- Reading from the Torah, particularly the maftir—the concluding” and, on this joyous occasion at least, the climactic portion;
- Chanting the blessings that accompany the Torah reading;
- Reciting the Haftarah, the “concluding” reading from the Jewish Bible, this time from the section known as the Prophets;
- Reciting the Blessings that accompany the Haftarah;
- Joining the Spiritual Leader as theservice leader on Friday night;
- Serving as the teacher who explains the Torah portion and/or the Haftarah selection and, perhaps, incorporating one’s mitzvah project (the brief oration is usually referred to by one of two Hebrew terms: a d’rash or d’var Torah;
- Leading some of the Saturday service, especially the Torah service;
- Co-leading Kiddush with Spiritual Leader both Friday night and Saturday morning; and
- Donning one’s own tallit, prayer garment, with the recitation of the accompanying blessing.
Our Ritual Chairperson, Jackie Williams, 951-734-8405, will be able to assist with details on this life-cycle event.
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