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Bar Mitzvah, a History by Michael Hilton

By Michael Hilton

The Jewish coming-of-age rite of bar mitzvah was once first recorded in thirteenth-century France, the place it took the shape of an easy assertion via the daddy that he was once not chargeable for his thirteen-year-old son. this day, bar mitzvah for boys and bat mitzvah for women are extra renowned than at any time in background and are often observed via lavish celebrations.

How did bar mitzvah enhance over the centuries from an imprecise criminal ritual right into a center part of Judaism? How did it catch the mind's eye of even non-Jewish early life? Bar Mitzvah, a History is a accomplished account of the ceremonies and celebrations for either girls and boys. A cultural anthropology knowledgeable by means of rabbinic wisdom, it explores the origins and improvement of crucial coming-of-age milestone in Judaism. Rabbi Michael Hilton has sought out each connection with bar mitzvah within the Bible, the Talmud, and diverse different Jewish texts spanning several centuries, extracting a desirable miscellany of knowledge, tales, and commentary.

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