or bar miz·vah
- 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.
- to administer the ceremony of bar mitzvah to: Our son was bar mitzvahed at the family synagogue.
Origin of bar mitzvah
Examples from the Web for bar mitzvah
It was shortly after my confirmation,—I mean my—my Bar-Mitzvah.Simon Eichelkatz; The Patriarch
Still, at any cost, he had determined not to miss so important an event as his nephew's bar-mitzvah.Rabbi and Priest
If it please God, you will be 'Bar-Mitzvah' in three years—may you live to a hundred and twenty.Jewish Children
Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
But it was not till he was on the point of Bar-Mitzvah (confirmation at thirteen) that the blow fell.Ghetto Tragedies
- (of a Jewish boy) having assumed full religious obligations, being at least thirteen years of age
- the occasion, ceremony, or celebration of that event
- the boy himself on that day
Word Origin and History for bar mitzvah
1861, in Judaism, "male person who has completed his 13th year and thus reached the age of religious responsibility," from Hebrew, literally "son of command." As a name for the ceremony itself, by 1941.