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bat mitzvah

The Jewish coming-of-age ceremony for girls is called a bat mitzvah. Most girls who celebrate their bat mitzvah are 12 or 13.

The bat mitzvah ceremony, like a boy's bar mitzvah, marks the time when a child becomes a Jewish adult. The Hebrew phrase means "daughter of the commandments," and it comes from the idea that a girl is ready to follow Judaism's religious law, or mitzvot. As well as religious readings and recitation, the event usually includes a festive party. While bar mitzvahs have been around since the 1500s, the bat mitzvah is only 100 years old.

Definitions of bat mitzvah
  1. noun
    (Judaism) an initiation ceremony marking the 12th birthday of a Jewish girl and signifying the beginning of religious responsibility
    synonyms: bas mitzvah, bath mitzvah
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    type of:
    induction, initiation, installation
    a formal entry into an organization or position or office
  2. verb
    confirm in the bat mitzvah ceremony, of girls in the Jewish faith
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    type of:
    covenant
    enter into a covenant
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