bar mitz·vah


bar mitz·vah
/bɑɚˈmıtsvə/ noun, pl ⋯ -vahs [count]
: a ceremony and celebration for a Jewish boy on his 13th birthday when he takes on the religious duties and responsibilities of an adult; also : a boy for whom a bar mitzvah is held — compare bat mitzvah

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  • bar mitz|vah — «bahr MIHTS vuh», 1. the ceremony or celebration held when a Jewish boy becomes thirteen years old to affirm that he has reached the age of religious responsibility: »The boy s family and friends attended his bar mitzvah. 2. the boy himself: »The …   Useful english dictionary

  • bas mitz|vah — «bahs MIHTS vuh», 1. a ceremony held in a Reform or Conservative synagogue when a Jewish girl becomes thirteen years old, corresponding to the bar mitzvah for boys. 2. the girl herself. Also, bath mitzvah, bat mitzvah. ╂[< Hebrew bath mi… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bat mitz·vah — /bɑtˈmıtsvə/ noun, pl ⋯ vahs [count] : a ceremony and celebration for a Jewish girl usually on her 13th birthday when she takes on the religious duties and responsibilities of an adult; also : a girl for whom a bat mitzvah is held called also bas …   Useful english dictionary

  • bar mitzvah — bar mitz•vah [[t]bɑr ˈmɪts və[/t]] n. v. bar mitz•vahed, bar mitz•vah•ing 1) jud a ceremony for admitting a boy of 13 as an adult member of the Jewish community 2) jud the boy participating in this ceremony 3) jud to administer this ceremony to:… …   From formal English to slang

  • bar mitzvah — bar mitz|vah [ bar mıtsvə ] noun count a Jewish religious ceremony held on a boy s thirteenth birthday, after which he is considered to be an adult in his religious life a. a Jewish boy who is taking part in a bar mitzvah …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bar mitzvah — bar mitz|vah [ˌba: ˈmıtsvə US ˌba:r ] n [Date: 1800 1900; : Hebrew; Origin: bar miswah son of (God s) law ] 1.) the religious ceremony held when a Jewish boy reaches the age of 13 and is considered an adult in his religion →↑bat mitzvah 2.) a boy …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bar mitzvah —    (bahr MITZ vah) [Hebrew] A ceremony, usually held in a synagogue, by which a thirteen year old boy who has successfully learned the fundamentals of Judaism is admitted to adulthood.    See also bat mitzvah …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • barmitzvah — bar mitz·vah or bar miz·vah (bär mĭtsʹvə) n. 1. A 13 year old Jewish boy, considered an adult and responsible for his moral and religious duties. 2. The ceremony that initiates and recognizes a boy as a bar mitzvah. tr.v. bar mitz·vahed, bar… …   Universalium

  • mitzvah —    (MITZ vah) [Hebrew] In Judaism, a commandment, precept, or rule of conduct taken from the Bible or issued by a rabbi; any commendable or praiseworthy deed.    See also bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • bat mitzvah —    (baht MITZ vah) [Hebrew] A ceremony, usually held in a synagogue, by which a thirteen year old girl who has successfully learned the fundamentals of Judaism is admitted to adulthood.    See also bar mitzvah.    The family showed guests a… …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases


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