Is a Bar Mitzvah a Big Deal?

  While preparing for his Bar Mitzvah Ari is learning a Bar Mitzvah considerably more than just receiving gifts and having a celebration.

What's a Bar Mitzvah?

אטרקציות בצפתBar Mitzvah translate as son of commandment...the young man becomes responsible to now observe the commandments of the Torah. The reason for the commandments would be to focus on what is important...family, community and a relationship with Ashem. At the age of 13 a Jewish boy becomes a Bar Mitzvah. On a more in depth explanation... their spirits are growing and transforming. Kabbalistic tradition states that a spiritual being has many levels of spirit. A fresh level of soul becomes apparent at this time. That is when moral awareness and sensitivity completely develop. This really is when susceptibility and moral awareness totally develops and young men need to be responsible for their activities. After a young man reaches this phase of his life, his actions are more important for this reason... The Talmud states that a mitzvah that is performed because a person is ordered to do it. The reason behind this is people have an aversion to come through on their duties. Conquering this is revealing maturity and this can be what the Bar Mitzvah observes...reaching the phase of duty. One year prior to the Bar Mitzvah of Ari, he started studying for his Bar Mitzvah. The part of the Torah was quite difficult to learn and was overwhelmed. About a month afterwards, he was still discouraged because his amount of reading hadn't enhanced. Yet, he did admit he was not following through on what the Rabbi had told him to do. Ari understood he had to produce an agenda and be consistent with it. Ari was at the half way mark, he believed he would be improved. He was following his plan but his strategy wasn't consistent. Ari had one part, that did not look awful he had to learn two torah parts, that didn't appear dreadful. He had one month left and still. However, the Rabbi told him that those two parts normally take time to learn. Ari mumbled to himself “but I only have a week until my Bar Mitzvah.” Ari knew he had to really follow his strategy, be consistent, listen to advice. He had to really follow his plan and follow through if he would be prepared for his Bar Mitzvah. Ari had a mock Bar Mitzvah and was confident that he'd mastered his Torah portion. Ari had his Bar Mitzvah and he was brilliant. Ari understood he was quiet, assured and prepared and he was thrilled that his Bar Mitzvah was a tremendous success.