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Congratulations with Bar Mitzvah

It’s not a secret that a lot of information on the Internet about this festive day boils down to the formal meaning of this holiday to a boy or a girl and a number of religious aspects telling what will the ascending to Torah (for the first time in adult life) mean from now on to an adolescent.

Very unlikely, you will find practical pieces of advice: there is a little information about the specificities of the holiday from the point of view of its organization and filling with sense-bearing particularities.

For instance, what cake’s design to select better. Or what blessing words could everyone tell to Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Today, we’re going to consider the topic of traditional Bar Mitzvah Bat Mitzvah blessings. Or, as they also called, congratulations. And will fill the article with practical advice.

Bar Mitzvah Blessings (in Hebrew traditions)

“Mazel Tov” is what every representative of Hebrew people knows from the age of diapers. These words literally mean ‘congratulations’ or a ‘good luck’ and are spoken almost every day as wishing of good luck in everything that of importance. That’s why people will also tell them on Bar Mitzvah, maybe several times a minute. But that does not mean that you can’t come up with anything better.

Below, we list a number of Bar Mitzvah’s congrats. You are free to use them to say the words of support and rejoice in this finest day:

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Bar mitzvah ceremony at the Kotel
  • We wish you to obtain this rejoicing substance of carrying commandments of Torah with ease and memory about the Temple and to carry them through all your years of life with happiness and festivity!
  • We wish that you grew up gladdening your parents and the God through fulfilling commandments of Torah. Stay faithful to our belief and grow closely-knit with all Jewish people until the dying day!
  • It actually does not matter what anyone of us does in the real life, how much earns, and how respected is amongst the people of own community. Every one of Hebrew people is grand in his heart and thoughts about God through following and respecting Torah. That what makes us great! Today, you undertake to walk your life along with commandments that the Creator gave us through Torah thousands of years ago. I wish you to be the same grand in your heart as every one of us and I know you will! Mazel Tov!
  • Today, you are taking new responsibilities. You grew older in your heart and mind. You are a child no longer. Let the God help you on this new path and all our community will do its best to be the support you need and will expect from you the same sturdy support in return. Happy Bar (Bat) Mitzvah day!
  • In this greatest day, we obtain a new congregation member! This is a reason to celebrate and rejoice. But even of more importance, this day is for you as you let the God into your heart to let Him dwell there for the rest of your life. I want to wish you to be a good host for His commandments and the great vessel for His blessing!
  • Stay healthy, have strong support from your relatives and friends, always remember about the new responsibility that you have adopted and let the life be filled with deep essence for you and your family!
  • You are the one that the God has selected today to join his commandments that enlighten your life with brightness. Adopt them in your heart and never let go – and I wish you to realize the happiness of this solemn burthen to your last breath.
  • A poem can also be a very good decision: Time flew by, nobody noticed You grew up so much, my son, Today we celebrate Bar Mitzvah I rejoice it fully in my soul. Be happy, reliable, and kind, Have faith and truth inside your heart, Always remember the Sad Hour, And you’ll obtain required power!
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Bar mitzvah at the Kotel

Other sources

Besides, the father of a son or a daughter can say the traditional words of blessing thanking God for no more religious responsibility for his Bar/Bat Mitzvah, as he/she is responsible now on own.

You can always say any words that are coming from your heart, no need to specifically search something to extract a line or two for this. However, if you feel that nothing good comes to your mind, you can always use the textual help of Tanakh that contains the wisdom of millenniums. We surely believe you will be able to find something really helpful there.

The Oral Torah knows some right points that are respected and it is unlikely that you wouldn’t find anything suitable there. If you are religious enough and/or want to give some non-standard lines of congratulations to your son/daughter, then try to search in Nevi’im, Ketuvim or Five Scrolls (Hamesh Megillot).

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Bar mitzvah Kotel Israel

Further information

Remember that this day is a celebration above all. Try not to be too strict as the festivity of mood in this day is one of the best points that will be recalled by the boy/girl for long years. As a loving parent, it’s okay to say words from your heart that may find their way even without preparation. Wish him/her luck, prosperity, good health, substantial achievements in the area of importance, or anything other that would suit the moment.

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