Saturday was Maggie’s Bat Mitzvah. It was super nice to have a change of pace from weddings and get to relax a little and loosen up with a bunch of 13 year olds.
It occurred to me recently that while most people have heard of bar and bat mitzvah’s they may not understand the meaning behind them and I just want to take a second to explain, as best I can, what they signify. “Bar Mitzvah” literally means “son of the commandment.” “Bar” means son. “Bat” means daughter. Technically, the term refers to the child who is coming of age, and it is strictly correct to refer to someone as “becoming a bar (or bat) mitzvah.” Buttttttt, the term is more commonly used to refer to the coming of age ceremony itself, and you are more likely to hear that someone is having a bar mitzvah or invited to a bar mitzvah. Under Jewish Law, children are not obligated to observe the commandments, although they are encouraged to do so as much as possible to learn the obligations they will have as adults. At the age of 13, children become obligated to observe the commandments. The bar/bat mitzvah ceremony formally, publicly marks the assumption of that obligation, along with the corresponding right to take part in religious services among other things. Got it? If you don’t just know these kids work really flipping hard for more than a year to learn portions of the torah for this celebration. It’s a big deal. And then you get to party!!!!! Which is where I come in!
Maggie’s Bat Mitzvah was held at the Other Barn in Ellicott City and it was a super fun afternoon of food, dancing and games!
Mummy wrap game!
There was some intense limbo-ing happening!
I think my Momma is so pretty.
This kid had some stellar dance moves! He is going to be quite the charmer when he grows up!
Ok, for serious, these kids really Whipped Their Hair in the Air.