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Parts of a D'var Torah

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After reading from the Torah, the Bar or Bat Mitzvah will read a d'var Torah (literally translated, "words of Torah") explaining a point in the Torah portion and how it is meaningful for us today.

There are four basic parts to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah d’var Torah.  

Part 1: Summarize your Torah portion in your own words.

Part 2: Teach us something about your Torah portion. Emphasize a specific point in the Torah portion and relate it to yourself, the congregation, and/or the times in which we live. Show us what we can learn from this portion – in other words, give us the moral. You may then go a step further and give the congregation an opportunity to follow through on the lesson by giving specific examples of what they can do to fulfill your message.

Part 3: Tell the congregation what it means to you to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. If you performed a Mitzvah Project, mention it and the lessons learned along the way, as well as the positive feelings it enabled you to experience.

Part 4: Thank the people who helped you achieve this milestone. Remember, you do not need to thank everyone by name. Also, if it applies to you, don’t forget to congratulate your partner in this section. (This should be the shortest section of your speech!)