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☞   Bnei (Bar/Bat) Mitsvah & Other Birthday Prayers

Prayer for a young maiden, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

A prayer of a “young maiden” — a girl before her bat mitsvah. . . .

Prayer on Becoming Responsible as to Religious Duties, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer for a young woman on her Bat Mitsvah on becoming responsible for observing her mitsvot. . . .

Prayers Previous to Initiation on Attaining the Age of Twelve, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer for a young woman on her Bat Mitsvah. . . .

Prayer for Parents, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer by a daughter on behalf of her parents. . . .

[Prayer] on a Birthday, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer of gratitude on a regular birthday. . . .

Prière après l’initiation | Prayer after initiation (of a Bar/Bat Mitsvah), by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

A prayer offered by a Bar or Bat Mitsvah after they are confirmed in a public ceremony. . . .

Bénédiction des parents sur leurs enfants — Imposition des mains | Parents’ blessing on their children. — Laying of hands (on a Bar/Bat Mitsvah), by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

A blessing given by the parents of a Bar or Bat Mitsvah after they are confirmed in a public ceremony. . . .

Prière des assistants a l’initiation | Prayer of the (Bar/Bat Mitsvah) tutors at the initiation, by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

A prayer offered by the tutors of a Bar or Bat Mitsvah after they are confirmed in a public ceremony. . . .

Prière du père et de la mère le jour de l’initiation de leur enfant | Prayer of the father and mother on the day of their child’s initiation (as a Bar/Bat Mitsvah), by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

A prayer offered by the parents of a Bar or Bat Mitsvah after they are confirmed in a public ceremony. . . .

Prière avant l’initiation | Prayer before initiation (of a Bar/Bat Mitsvah), by Jonas Ennery & Rabbi Arnaud Aron (1852)

A preliminary prayer offered by a Bar or Bat Mitsvah before they are confirmed in a public ceremony. . . .

ברכת הורים לבר או בת מצווה | Parents’ blessing for a Bar or Bat Mitsvah by Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen

I wrote this brachah on the occasion of my son Oryah’s bar mitzvah. The Aramaic/Hebrew and the translation are mine. My partner and I recited the blessing after my son was called up to the Torah. The brachah replaces the ברוך שפטרנו which is recited in some communities. This blessing (which is basically self-explanatory) expresses gratitude for Divine favor leading to this moment and a prayer for Heavenly guidance for my son’s continued path. Though the translation is gender neutral in relation to God, the Hebrew/Aramaic is gendered masculine. This is my practice with regards to my children. I bless my daughter with feminine God language and my son with masculine God language. The blessing can be grammatically adapted for a bat mitzvah. . . .

תפילת בת המצווה | Prayer of the Bat Mitzvah after she finishes reading from the Torah, by Chaim Hames-Ezra

A statement by the Bat Mitsvah after her first aliyah. . . .

שבחי המשפחה לבת המצווה | A Prayer in Honor of a Bat Mitzvah from her Family, by Dr. Chaim Hames-Ezra

A prayer for a ritual of blessing of a bat mitzvah by her family. . . .

מי שברך לתקופת יום הולדת | Mi sheBerakh on behalf of one celebrating a birthday, by Rabbi Dr. Mordecai Kaplan (1945)

“Prayer in behalf of one celebrating a birthday,” by Rabbi Mordecai Menaḥem Kaplan can be found on p. 494-497 of his The Sabbath Prayer Book (New York: The Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation, 1945) . . .


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