Yesterday we celebrated my cousin Nina's sons Bar Mitzvah. Family celebrations automatically qualify as a 50th birthday gift because they are not only fun but a wonderful way to spend time with people I love.
Bar Mitzvahs are extra special occasions because they acknowledge a major milestone in a child's life.
The cliche " where one door closes another one opens" can be used to describe the Bar Mitzvah.
Bar Mitzvahs are the end and the beginning; the culmination of years of learning and hard work and hopefully, the beginning of ones life as a dedicated Jewish adult. (Not too different from a graduation.)
What should a Bar Mitzvah know after they have gone through the process?
I am Jewish
I can participate in a Jewish service
I can bring Judaism into my own home by celebrating Shabbat and other Jewish holidays
Jewish laws help me live a just life
I am required to be a righteous individual
I am obliged to participate in both my local and worldwide Jewish communities
I am expected to study Torah, pray and do acts of loving kindness
G-d expects me to live a happy and productive life
I am certain I haven't listed all that a Bar Mitvah should know at 13 years of age, but you get the gist. If you can think of other things a Bar Mitzvah should know, please comment so I can expand this list.
Mazel Tov, Grant!