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If you've received a Bar or Bat Mitzvah Invitation and have never attended before, you may feel a little baffled about what type of gift would be appropriate for the honored celebrant. A brief explanation with tips and ideas is the topic of this week's Mitzvah Monday post by Natasha.

When Jewish male children reach the age 13, and girls the age of 12, they become responsible for their actions and become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah- a son (Bar) or daughter (Bat) of the Commandment. Being a part of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is certainly a joy, but finding the right gift can be difficult.

Gifts should be brought to the reception, or party rather than the synagogue. While there aren’t necessarily any traditional gifts, Judaic gifts such as kiddush cup or tallis, are often given by family members, or those very close to the family. Generally speaking, any gift that one would consider appropriate for a young teen should be acceptable: books, music, an e-reader , camera, video games, etc.

If you would like to give a cash gift, it is customary to give in multiples of 18. This is because 18 is the numerical version of the word “chai”, which means “life.” Chet is the 8th letter of the Hebrew alphabet and has a numerical value of 8 and yud is equivalent to 10, together these total 18. Giving money in multiples of 18 is symbolic of giving “chai” or “life.”

By Natasha
Natasha has been with assisting stationery consumers with finding the invitation or announcement of their dreams since 2003.
When not working with our customers, Natasha enjoys traveling all the corners of the globe and moonlighting as an event planner with her friend and colleague.


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