The Bar Mitzvah as a Milestone for Engagement and Accountability

In this short video, Dr. Rachael Turkienicz introduces the Bar Mitzvah coming of age ritual in Judaism, with an emphasis on encouraging young adults to become contributing members of the community, while granting them certain benefits and responsibilities. She sees the Bar Mitzvah as a milestone event on a deep journey of spiritual discovery requiring meaningful engagement and personal accountability. Dr. Rachael Turkienicz is the founder of Rachael’s Centre for Torah, Mussar and Ethics, a pluralistic, community-based organization which focuses on sharing Jewish wisdom in a modern world from a woman’s perspective.