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bar mitzvah vs. bat mitzvah

[ bahr -mits-vuh or, Ashkenazic Hebrew bahr; Sephardic Hebrew bahr meets-vah ]
/ bɑr ˈmɪts və or, Ashkenazic Hebrew bɑr; Sephardic Hebrew ˌbɑr mitsˈvɑ /

  1. 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.
  2. the boy participating in this ceremony.
[ baht -mits-vuh, bahs; Sephardic Hebrew baht meets-vah; Ashkenazic Hebrew bahs -mits-vuh ]
/ bɑt ˈmɪts və, bɑs; Sephardic Hebrew ˈbɑt mitsˈvɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew bɑs ˈmɪts və /

  1. a solemn ceremony, chiefly among Reform and Conservative Jews, that is held in the synagogue on Friday night or Saturday morning to admit formally as an adult member of the Jewish community a girl 12 to 13 years old.
  2. the girl participating in this ceremony.

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