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Charitable Ideas for the Bar Mitzvah / Bat Mitzvah

Becoming a bar or bat mitzvah means accepting more mature obligations in life in accordance with the Jewish religion. Mitzvah is a Hebrew word that means commandment and bar and bat mitzvahs are called to obey the Jewish commandments throughout their adult life.

This important stage in a young person’s life is also a time to start doing good deeds to other people. The Torah actually requires the bar or bat mitzvah to do 613 different acts, to be exact and this, of course, includes sharing one’s blessings.

With the teachings of their parents and religious leaders, many bar and bat mitzvahs today have adopted charitable projects during their celebrations. Charity giving is seen as the perfect way to instill the importance of the process a young boy or girl goes through as they become a Jewish adult.

The act of giving to charitable organizations can be done either at the Shabbat service or at the reception party during which the traditional candle lighting ceremony takes place. The celebrant may request guests beforehand to give monetary gifts instead of material things as a form of donation to his or her chosen charity.

Numerous charitable groups exist today that it’s highly recommended for the bar or bat mitzvah to do some prior research before selecting a particular organization that helps the Jewish community not only in the U.S. but even in Israel. On the internet, the Ziv Tzedakah Fund (www.ziv.org), Charitable Choices (charitychoices.com) and eMitz.com provide a list of special charities and links to their websites.

Charity giving is a truly admirable act that children should learn to do not only as they turn 12 or 13 but even throughout their adult life. More blessings will come to you if you know how to give and share without expecting anything in return.

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