All prices are in All prices are in USD
Posted by Yevgeni Kuritski on January 23, 2015
A Bar Mitzvah is an important event in the life of a Jew. The celebration takes place when a boy is 13 years old and highlights the importance of the coming of age. Apart from the symbolic entering into adulthood and the embracing of responsibilities, this day is also a commemoration of the efforts made by the respective child to reach this stage in life and build himself as a future member of the society.
Being invited to a Bar mitzvah is an honor. However, finding the most appropriate gift for this occasion is a challenge.
A Bar Mitzvah gift should be both practical and retain the main role it was attributed in the first place– that of a gift. Thus, there are several possibilities on what to offer as a Bar Mitzvah gift: to give money, Judaica objects, pieces of jewelry, or even do-it-yourself gifts.
It is customary to offer money on Jewish celebrations. Usually, people offer sums in multiples of 18, which is an important number in Judaism, a number symbolizing life and good luck. By offering money one can also introduce the child-entering-into-adulthood to new responsibilities and teach him the value of money. It is common for young men to start saving at an early age, so the money received for Bar Mitzvah could end being placed in a college fund or a savings account.
Secondly, by offering Judaica gifts one is, once more, introduced in the wonderful culture he belongs to. Judaica gifts include: beautifully decorated Tzedakah boxes, which could be painted with images of Jewish symbols, candle holders, Shabbat candlesticks, differently-shaped menorahs, a mezuzah, Torah scrolls which should be kept in a special place in one’s home, particularly embroidered tefillin, silver yad, shofar, etc. These Judaica gifts will constantly remember the young adult his spiritual and historical roots and are likely to become objects which will be carefully treasured and passed on to future generations.
As far as pieces of jewelry are concerned, normally they would be offered to girls on their Bat Mitzvah. However, boys can also receive pieces of jewelry, especially if they are heirlooms. Jewelry can consist of pendants with various Jewish symbols: the Star of David, the Hamsa Hand, The Tree of Life, etc. In addition to this, a young adult could receive key chain pendants with these symbols, to carry them around and always be reminded of the Bar Mitzvah ceremony. Also, these emblems could be placed on a nice pair of silver or golden cufflinks, which would constitute a wonderful gift on the occasion.
The fourth option when it comes to Bar Mitzvah gifts is that of offering a do-it-yourself present. Such a gift could be a handmade Tzedakah box, a Star of David pendant or keychain, made out of metal or wood or any kind of material, a scrapbook containing memories of the early life of the young adult, a handmade album containing the most important extracts of the Torah, the Talmud, the Kabbalah, etc.
As it can be easily observed, there are numerous gifts which could be offered on the occasion of a Bar-Mitzvah. What is more important to be kept in mind is the fact that a Bar Mitzvah gift has to be a special one, introducing the celebrated one to his new life.
Chai is a Hebrew word (translated as ”living” or ”life” due to the fact that in Hebrew, the word ”chaya” means ”living things” or ”animal”) which is part of the more modern Jewish culture. The spelling includes the Hebrew letters Het (ח) and Yud (י), resulting in the word “chai” written as follows: Chai (חי) and pronounced as if saying [...]
”Ana BeKoach” is an important prayer chanted in the Kaballah.The prayer dates back to the first century and is the product of a Kabalistic rabbi – Rabbi Nehonia. The prayer can also be found in the following ways: ”Ana BeCoach” or ”Ana B’Koach” and is composed of seven lines, each line having six words. After taking each first letter of [...]
The phrase ”Ani ledodi vedodi li” means ”I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine”. The words originate from the ”Song of Songs” and are believed to be an actual celebration of the bride and groom and the love there is between them. Although it has not been fully established, scholars considered that the groom referred to in [...]
Even though Hanukkah just ended a few days ago, amny people are still left with the traditional food of the holiday. Thus, the present article shall perform a brief presentation of the food eaten throughout this holiday.Apart from the lighting of the menorah, the spinning of the dreidel, reciting prayers and singing songs, and exchanging gelt, [...]
Just like in the case of other holidays there are several traditions which are an emblem of Hanukkah. Thus, the most important traditions on Hanukkah are the following: the lighting of the menorah, singing songs on topics related to the holiday, eating fried food, spinning the dreidel in various games and handing out gelt (golden coins). All these might seem [...]
Hanukkah is a very important holiday in the Jewish calendar. However, apart from the lighting of the nine-branch menorah and parts of the story about the oil in the Temple which was supposed to last for just one day and instead lasted for eight days, not many people are aware of the whole story and significance of Hanukkah.But Hanukkah [...]
Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights is the time when Jews celebrate the miracle of the oil which was supposed to last for just one day and instead lasted for eight days in the Temple during the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century BC.Despite the meaning of the holiday, people did not exchange gifts on this [...]
It is a fact that the Kabbalah is not only embraced by Jews but also by people of other religions who, once becoming acquainted with it, would like to transform it into a way of living. However, for the non-initiated ones it is very difficult to find reliable sources which they could use in order to learn more about [...]
The Tree of Life is an incredibly meaningful Kabbalah symbol. Although it is a Judaic symbol, its origins are a combination of Christian and esoteric elements. The representation is in the form of a diagram with three columns/pillars and has multiple meanings: that of God’s emanations during the Creation, the nature of the divinity which is revealed to the one [...]