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 Evolution of the Bar Mitzvah
Orthodox Perspective by Rivka C. Berman

By the 1800’s in some French and Italian communities, a seudat mitzvah, a meal that is a mitzvah to consume, was prepared in honor of a girl’s twelfth birthday (Goldin, 67).

Although women have become obligated to fulfill mitzvot at bat mitzvah age since halacha began, the public celebration of a bat mitzvah began to gain popularity in the early 20th century. Nowadays, depending on the community and circles you are part of and your budget, the celebrations  range from a small family party to a gathering of friends to a large lavish affair with all the bells, whistles and an abundance of trimmings.

Regardless of the size and scope of your affair, it is important to remember the significance of the day and incorporate some spiritual essence and meaning.

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