MetadataShow full item record
At the age of thirteen, a Jewish boy becomes a "barmitzvah", obligated to observe the tenets of the Jewish Religion. Here are some barmitzvah addresses I gave. Since these were public, I include the name of the individual, but I do not include the date, in case he should not want that to be publicized. These ceremonies took place in Philadelphia, at Congregation Mikveh Israel unless otherwise indicated. In retrospect, I suppose that my main intent was to make these young people comfortable with their heritage, and encourage them to take a positive attitude to life. The talk on Symbolic Acts is a good generic example. Included is one Consecration ceremony for girls.