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Resources for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students

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After years of religious school, you’re almost a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. You may be nervous or unsure how to approach these last steps before you can stand before the congregation and read from the Torah. Our resources are intended to guide you through the final things you need to know in order to have positive Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience.  

Studying Your Torah Portion
Studying Your Torah Portion

Studying your Torah portion doesn't have to be intimidating or scary. This guide will introduce you to the basics of the Torah and will help you get your studying off to a great start.

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Parts of a D'var Torah
Parts of a D'var Torah

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.

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Blessings
Blessings

As part of your Bar or Bat Mitzvah, you will be participating in both the Friday evening Shabbat service as well as the Saturday Shabbat service. Practicing the prayers in advance with your tutor and at home with your family will help you recite them successfully during your Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

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Mitzvah Project Ideas
Mitzvah Project Ideas

The Mitzvah Project can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. When choosing a Mitzvah Project, we recommend that you look for something about which you are passionate. Brainstorming as a family can help you find a meaningful choice for your project. It can also allow your family to embark upon the project together, adding more meaning to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah process.

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