Toward a Meaningful Bat Mitzvah

Toward a Meaningful Bat Mitzvah

This link opens up Toward a Meaningful Bat Mitzvah, a 46 page booklet emphasizing the significance of encouraging young women to be involved in Judaism in profound and empowering ways, for the Bat Mitzvah girls themselves, as well as the Jewish community at large. One family shares how they created a Bat Mitzvah that allowed their daughter, Felissa, to participate fully in a ritual service in a women’s prayer group, while adhering to the branch of traditional Judaism with which the family affiliates. Written as a guidebook, this booklet includes articles by Modern Orthodox thinkers exploring the spiritual, legal, and communal considerations that go into planning a meaningful and alternative Bat Mitzvah ceremony, as well as practical ideas and a checklist and resource list for those interested in creating their own Women’s Tefillah group. The articles include Blu Greenberg’s poignant history of the bat mitzvah and the spiritual development of Jewish women, Rabbi Saul Berman’s comments on why Women’s Tefillah groups can and cannot include certain prayers, and Rabbi Yitz Greenberg’s revolutionary responsum on the issue of Kol Isha — the age-old prohibition of women singing in the presence of men. 

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