Bar/Bat Mitzvah Basics

This introductory article from Judaism 101 explains the Bar/Bat Mitzvah basics, including an explanation of the terms, the meaning behind this Jewish milestone, and an explanation of the various religious and cultural rituals. The author, Tracey Rich, provides answers to many common questions regarding the Bar/Bat Mitzvah, including the difference between a Bar and Bat Mitzvah, what it means to be considered an adult at 12 or 13 years old, and what is an appropriate gift. She also explains the Confirmation ritual, a coming of age ceremony developed by the Reform movement that occurs when a child is 16 or 18 years old.