10+ Bar/Bat Mitzvah Symbols & Signs (And What They Really Mean)

When you attend a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony – you often wonder: “What the hell do all of these random symbols mean anyway?”

Random? That’s cute…

In Judaism, nothing is ever random. EVERYTHING has an underlying meaning… including the Bar/Bat Mitzvah symbols you often see in Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies.

In fact, there are 4 levels of interpretation (also known as PaRDeS) in Jewish scripture used to discover the true meaning behind Jewish signs and symbols:

  • Peshat (פְּשָׁט): Simple, straightforward explanation
  • Remez (רֶמֶז): Hints – symbolic or allegorical
  • Derash (דְּרַשׁ): Deriving meaning through inquiry (by cross-referencing and analysis)
  • Sod (סוֹד): Secret, mystical interpretation

In other words – Jewish symbols sometimes have simplistic interpretations, and sometimes they have such deep, philosophical meaning that before you know it – you find yourself in a deeper rabbit hole deeper than the one Alice went through.

And guess what? The rabbit hole starts right here.

In a few moments – you’ll discover:

  1. What are the most common Bar & Bat Mitzvah symbols?
  2. What do they really mean?

Ready, Alice?

Let’s get to it…

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How to Plan an Unforgettable Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Israel (2019)

Everyone, get your cameras out… it’s time to polish that Instagram feed with awesome pictures from Israel that’ll make your kid’s classmates (and their parents) drool out of envy!

STOP.

As crazy as it sounds – Bar & Bat Mitzvah celebrations these days are all about style, not substance. 

We live In a world dominated by social media, where our kids are constantly trying to keep up with the Joneses (or Cohen’s), only to find themselves participating in this never-ending popularity contest called a “Bar/Bat Mitzvah party”… and guess who’s left holding the bill? (hint: look in the mirror)

Is there a way out of that madness? Yes indeed – celebrating your kid’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Israel!

A Bar/Bat Mitzvah trip to Israel offers a breath of fresh for parents who prefer an alternative path. A path that doesn’t involve stress, chaos, and a party that ends up costing you an arm and a leg.

A path that gives your kids the chance to (among others):

  • Take a break from the noisy world we live in and discover the spiritual side of the Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony
  • Discover their Jewish tradition, learn about Israel’s rich history and heritage, and visit the iconic sites they read about in the bible
  • Form their identity as a young adult based on eternal Jewish values (as opposed to Marvel superheroes)

Quite a different experience, don’t you think?

Now, the BIG question is:

“How do I plan a meaningful Bar/Bat Mitzvah trip? Where should we go? What should we do?”

(OK, those are 3 questions… but you get my point)

These are actual questions I’ve been getting from our readers for a while now… so I figured it’s about time I answered these questions and give parents some ideas on how to plan the Bar/Bat Mitzvah trip of a lifetime… so here we are 🙂

(It took me over a week to write it, so you better like it!)

Fasten your seatbelt ladies and gentleman. We’re ready for takeoff!

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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Invitation Wording: Unique Samples + Examples (2019)

What’s the recipe for the “perfect” Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

Unfortunately, the answer is a little more complicated than “Add two cups of sugar, 2 tomatoes, a pinch of pepper and bake till golden brown” (what the hell am I baking?!)…

And I’m sure as hell won’t bother answering it in an article about Bar/Bat Mitzvah invitation wording… that’s a topic that can fill an entire book.

But one thing is for sure: no matter what you do – you can’t celebrate your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah without guests.

And unlike your neighborhood Pizza shop – you’re not just inviting any guests… you’re inviting friends, family and loved ones…

So with all due respect to Luigi and his delicious Kosher Pizza – the last thing you want to do is invite your guests with a generic Bar/Bat Mitzvah invitation that looks (and sounds) like those Pizza advertising flyers you end up throwing in the trash (sorry Luigi).

No…

You want your guests to look forward to your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah… 

How do you do that?

  1. Choose a beautiful Bar Mitzvah invitation design (or Bat Mitzvah invitation if it’s for your girl’s Bat Mitzvah) that matches the party theme.
  2. Write the invitation text. That’s exactly what you’ll do today (you don’t have to reinvent the wheel – just copy the examples in this guide)!
  3. Send em’ out

Easy-peasy, right?

OK, enough babbling… let’s go draft (and craft) a beautiful invitation!

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25+ Unique & Modern Bat Mitzvah Invitations for Your Girl’s Big Day (2019)

Imagine your daughter waking up one morning 10 years from now.

She’s 22-23… (you’re 10 years older with a few white hairs starting to pop out).

Now, ask yourself: When she looks back at her Bat Mitzvah…what does she remember?

  1. “Meh. Just another birthday party. I barely remember anything”
  2. “OMG! That was the best night of my life! Thank you, mommy & daddy!”

Want her memories to look more like option #2 than #1?

Then you need to make sure she has a blast with her friends & family – the people who love her the most.

But first, you need to invite those people in the first place!

(Shocking, right?)

That means… (ready for it?)

You need to send them unique Bat Mitzvah invitations that’ll make them RSVP immediately!

Good News! We managed to get exclusive discounts on some of the invitations – especially for Amen V’Amen readers! Look for the special coupons sprinkled around the article. I don’t know how long they’ll last though (they might be gone by the time you’re reading it)… so you better act quick. You’re welcome 🙂

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20+ Best Bar Mitzvah Invitations for Your Boy’s Big Day (2019)

Your little boy is turning 13…

Time sure flies, doesn’t it?

I bet you still remember him crawling on the floor… now all of a sudden, he’s all grown up.

OK, enough with the nostalgia! Let’s get back to planning your boy’s Bar Mitzvah!

At this point, I’m guessing you:

Great! Now, all you need is…  guests!

After all, it’s kind of pointless to go through all this trouble if you don’t have any guests showing up!

Well… today we’re going to make sure your guests show up in droves!

How?

By sending them a unique Bar Mitzvah invitation they won’t be able to say “no” to!

Ready? 

Let’s go customize some invitations!

Good News! We managed to get exclusive discounts on some of the invitations – especially for Amen V’Amen readers! Look for the special coupons sprinkled around the article. I don’t know how long they’ll last though (they might be gone by the time you’re reading it)… so you better act quick. You’re welcome 🙂

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13 Colorful Bat Mitzvah Tallit Prayer Shawls & Feminine Tallit for Girls (2019)

12-13 years ago your little girl was born.

Now? She’s about to transform into a young woman.

Time sure flies, huh?

Tell me about it… I still remember my Bat Mitzvah ceremony as if it were yesterday (and it’s definitely been more than 12 years ago, believe-you-me)!

And guess what? I’ll ALWAYS remember my Bat Mitzvah (as long as I stay healthy, Amen V’Amen)… it’s, hands down – one of the most special days in a Jewish woman’s life.

Ehm… What was I saying?

Oh right! Finding a Tallit prayer shawl for the young girl!

Let’s go do that, shall we? 🙂 Read More…