You’re attending a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony…
Now… the only question remains:
“What do you write in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah card?”
After all, you want to let them know how much they mean to you, right?
These Bar/Bat Mitzvah card messages & wishes will help you do just that.
- … Want to write a warm & emotional Bar/Bat Mitzvah blessing? No problem!
- … How about a passage from the Talmud? You got it!
- … Maybe you’d like to make them laugh? Sababa!
- … Or maybe a blessing from Yoda? (no, this isn’t a typo) Sure, why not!
OK, OK… enough teasing.
Let’s go write a Bar/Bat Mitzvah wish that’ll make your card stand out!
Note: And yes, I’m giving you full permission to use, copy or share these blessings as you please!
Tip: If you don’t have time to personalize the card yourself, then you can get this cute Bar/Bat Mitzvah card instead.
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Traditional Bar/Bat Mitzvah Wishes
Prefer to go the good ol’ Jewish route? Then stick to these traditional Bar & Bar Mitzvah greetings & wishes.
These wishes are great for both family (parents/grandparents, siblings, cousins… ) and friends.
Tip: You can mix & match several of these blessings and create your own Bar/Bat Mitzvah blessings cocktail! (you’ll see examples of how I combined several of these in the “Bar & Bat Mitzvah Card Message Examples” section)
- Mazel Tov! (in Hebrew: !מזל טוב)
- Ad 120! (in Hebrew: !עד 120)
- Mazel Tov & congratulations on your Bar/Bat Mitzvah!
- Happy Bar/Bat Mitzvah!
- Today you begin a new chapter in your life.
- May the Torah bless you and guide you throughout your life.
- I wish you a life filled with joy, success, and achievement in everything you do.
- May your heart conceive with understanding, may your mouth speak wisdom and your tongue be stirred with sounds of joy.
- So excited to celebrate with you as your guest.
- May this be the beginning of an amazing journey. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.
- I’m praying you will find happiness & success in everything you do.
- I’m so proud of the young man/woman you’ve become. Keep making your parents proud!
- You’re such a sweet/smart/special/beautiful/thoughtful young man/woman!
- !כל שתבקש – לו יהי
- You’ve blossomed into a beautiful young woman (don’t mention this to a Bar Mitzvah)
Bar & Bat Mitzvah Quotes & Sayings
There’s nothing like inspiring words of wisdom to start off the Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s journey into adult Jewish life.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a quote from the Torah, a Jewish sage or just an inspiring quote to hang in your bedroom…
Besides – it makes your message stand out more (perhaps even worth keeping in a treasure chest?) in a sea of Bar/Bat Mitzvah wishes & sentiments that all sound the same.
- “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for they will add length to your days, years and peace to your life.” – Proverbs 3:1
- “I found a fruitful world, because my ancestors planted it for me. Likewise I am planting for my children.” – Talmud, Taanit 23a
- “Train up a child in the way he should go and even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
- “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Viktor Frankl
- “Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise— apply your mind to my knowledge — for it is pleasing when you keep them within you and they are constantly on your lips…” – Proverbs 22:17
- “It is a tree of life for those who hold fast to it.” – Proverbs 3:18
- “He shall be like a tree planted by waters sending forth its roots by a stream.” – Jeremiah 17:8
- “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
- “Whoever teaches his son teaches not only his son, but also his son’s son – and so on to the end of generations.” – Talmud, Kiddushin 30a
- “Be strong and courageous! Neither fear, nor be dismayed of them, for the Lord, your God He is the One Who goes with you. He will neither fail you, nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
- “Forgetfulness leads to exile while remembrance is the secret of redemption.” – The Baal Shem Tov
- “A Bar Mitzvah is the time in his life when a Jewish boy realizes he has a better chance of owning a team than playing for one” – Jerry Reinsdorf
- “I’m not a boy now. I’m a man, I hope. I hope I’ve had my artistic bar mitzvah somewhere” – Jeremy Piven (Ari Gold everybody!)
- “May you live to see your world fulfilled, May you be our link to future worlds, and may your hope encompass all the generations to be. May your heart conceive with understanding, may your mouth speak wisdom and your tongue be stirred with sounds of joy. May your gaze be straight and sure, your eyes be lit with Torah’s lamp, your face aglow with heaven’s radiance, your lips expressing words of knowledge, and your inner self alive with righteousness. And may you always rush in eagerness to hear the words of One more ancient than all time.” – Talmud, Brachot 17A
Funny Bar & Bat Mitzvah Blessings
Are you a good friend of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Are you the clown of the family who can’t help but crack a few jokes? Are you like Chandler Bing (“Friends” fanatics will get this one)?
Then do yourself a favor and don’t be cliche. Cliche blessings are not cool…
Leave the lovey-dovey blessings to grandma and auntie Bracha.
Your goal is to be the smartass that cracks them up.
These blessings will do the trick…
- Grow up, will ya?
- You’re a big boy/girl now!
- Welcome to the real world…
- You’ve been living in a dream world, Neo…
- Just because you’re a Jewish adult doesn’t mean you can start drinking!
- Be a grownup and listen to your mommy.
- Time to get a job…
- I still remember when you were just a young 12-year-old as if it were yesterday.
- Even though you’re officially a man now – stay the hell away from the alcohol! You’re not that kind of “man” yet.
- Now that you’re all grown up, can I have your toys, please?
- May the force be with you!
- You’ve blossomed into a beautiful young woman (write this for a Bar Mitzvah)
Bar & Bat Mitzvah Card Message Examples
You’ve now got a list of Bar & Bat Mitzvah greetings & blessing ideas… awesome!
Now… how do you put them together into a meaningful Bar/Bat Mitzvah card message?
How do you make your blessing stand out?
These Bar & Bat Mitzvah card templates will help you “nail” the wording…
Remember: You’re welcome to copy, borrow or steal any of these blessings. But don’t be lazy and copy it word for word, customize it a little…
Because you know what’ll happen if you do that, right? Some other guest who has read this article too will end and copying the exact same message… And trust me – you don’t want to end up with the same blessing as 10 other people.
The Bar/Bat Mitzvah will realize something “fishy” is going on here – and they’ll find out you cheated! You naughty, naughty boy/gal…
The Family Blessing
Congratulations on your coming of age!
May the Torah bless you and guide you throughout your whole life. I hope you know how blessed you are being surrounded by a family that loves you so much.
I wish you a lifetime filled with joy, success, and achievement in everything you do.
Continue being bright and hard-working, I’m so proud of you, and can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.
The Family Friend Blessing
You must be very excited!
Today you begin a new chapter of your young life.
Blessings to you on this special occasion,
and may the Torah and the love of your family be your guide in Life.
The Hebrew Blessing (for Bar Mitzvah)
!מזל טוב על הגיעך לגיל מצוות
!מאחל לך את כל הטוב שבעולם
…שאלוקים יברך אותך בשפע, ברכה והצלחה
…תמשיך להרוות נחת וגאווה להורים
שתגדל להיות בחור למופת ודוגמא לאחרים
.שה’ תמיד יהיה לצידך בכל אשר תעשה
!כל שתבקש – לו יהי
Jewish Wisdom Blessing (Talmud)
“May you live to see your world fulfilled. May you be our link to future worlds, and may your hope encompass all the generations to be.
May you be our link to future worlds, and may your hope encompass all the generations to be. May your heart conceive with understanding, may your mouth speak wisdom and your tongue be stirred with sounds of joy.
May your heart conceive with understanding, may your mouth speak wisdom and your tongue be stirred with sounds of joy.
May your gaze be straight and sure,
your eyes be lit with Torah’s lamp, your face aglow with heaven’s radiance,
your lips expressing words of knowledge, and your inner self-alive with righteousness. And may you always rush in eagerness to hear the words of One more ancient than all time.”
And may you always rush in eagerness to hear the words of One more ancient than all time.”
The Funny Blessing (for Kicks & Giggles)
Congratulations on your Bar Mitzvah!
I still remember when you were just a young 12-year-old as if it were yesterday.
Even though you’re officially a man now – stay the hell away from the alcohol! You’re not that kind of “man” yet.
Speaking of which: now that you’re officially all grown up, can I have your toys?
Mazel tov! I wish you all the love, happiness and success in the world…
Jewish Yoda’s Blessing
Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.
Still wonderful you are, and more wonderful you shall become.
As you grow up, you will know the good from the bad when you are calm, at peace. Passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.
But PATIENCE YOU MUST HAVE, my young padawan…
Difficult to see. Always In motion is the future… But yours is a bright one.
May the force be with you!
The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Poem Blessing
A handmade blessing, written especially for you.
Praying you will find happiness & success in everything you do.
You’re now celebrating your coming of age,
With the Torah alongside you as you go on stage.
We love you so much & wish you all the best,
So excited to celebrate with you as your guest.
There are many ways to write a Bar/Bat Mitzvah blessing, and even more Bar Mitzvah card messages to choose from.
You don’t necessarily have to go the “normal” (read: boring) way. You can spice it up a bit, add a bit of good old Jewish wisdom to the mix, or even write a short poem if you’re in a Shakespeare mood.
Bottom line – anything can work. Be smart, be creative, be thoughtful…
Most importantly: have a great time
P.S – tell the Bar/Bat Mitzvah I said Mazel Tov!