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bar mitz·vah

or bar miz·vah (bär mĭts′və)Judaism
1. A Jewish male of at least 13 years of age, considered an adult and responsible for observing religious law.
2. The ceremony to recognize a boy as a bar mitzvah.
tr.v. bar mitz·vahed, bar mitz·vah·ing, bar mitz·vahs or bar miz·vahed or bar miz·vah·ing or bar miz·vahs
To recognize as a bar mitzvah.

[Hebrew bar miṣwâ : Aramaic bar, son; see bn in Semitic roots + Hebrew miṣwâ, commandment; see mitzvah.]

Bar Mitzvah

(bɑːˈmɪtsvə) Judaism or


(Judaism) (of a Jewish boy) having assumed full religious obligations, being at least thirteen years of age
1. (Judaism) the occasion, ceremony, or celebration of that event
2. (Judaism) the boy himself on that day
[Hebrew: son of the law]

bar mitz•vah

(bɑr ˈmɪts və)

n., v. bar mitz•vahed, bar mitz•vah•ing. n.
1. a ceremony for admitting a boy of 13 as an adult member of the Jewish community.
2. the boy participating in this ceremony.
3. to administer this ceremony to: Our son was bar mitzvahed last Saturday.
(often caps.)
[1860–65; < Biblical Aramaic bar son + Hebrew miṣwāh divine law, commandment]

bar mitzvah

A ceremony undergone by a Jewish boy when he is 13 showing that he is now a full member of the Jewish community. The event is celebrated in the synagogue.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: mitzvah - (Judaism) an initiation ceremony marking the 13th birthday of a Jewish boy and signifying the beginning of religious responsibilitybar mitzvah - (Judaism) an initiation ceremony marking the 13th birthday of a Jewish boy and signifying the beginning of religious responsibility; "a bar mitzvah is an important social event"
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
induction, initiation, installation - a formal entry into an organization or position or office; "his initiation into the club"; "he was ordered to report for induction into the army"; "he gave a speech as part of his installation into the hall of fame" mitzvah - confirm in the bar mitzvah ceremony, of boys in the Jewish faithbar mitzvah - confirm in the bar mitzvah ceremony, of boys in the Jewish faith
covenant - enter into a covenant

Bar Mitzvah

bar mitzvah [bɑːˈmɪtsvə] NBar Mitzvah m

Bar Mitzvah

n (= ceremony)Bar Mizwa nt; (= boy) Junge, der Bar Mizwa feiert
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