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Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a highly anticipated experience and time in an adolescent’s life where they are becoming a Jewish adult. For young adults with disabilities, this experience should also be a meaningful, joyous experience. Planning the “right” bar or bat mitzvah, and the actual teaching, may require some creativity and out of the box thinking.

A passage in the Talmud offers an important example of Rabbi Perida who modeled great persistence and perseverance to assure that a student with learning difficulties mastered the material the rabbi was teaching. According to Eruvin 54b, Rabbi Perida had a student he needed to teach the material 400 times to before the student understood it. Rabbi Perida assured the student that he would not leave him, even to go to another gathering, until he has fully mastered the lesson. This type of approach to learning is imperative to helping a child be successful, especially when it comes to a matter as important as learning their Torah portion for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

The resources below address ways to make Bar and Bat Mitzvahs meaningful and joyous for people with disabilities.

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