bar mitzvah
I. noun Usage: often capitalized B&M Etymology: Hebrew bar miṣwāh, literally, son of the (divine) law Date: 1816 1. a Jewish boy who reaches his 13th birthday and attains the age of religious duty and responsibility 2. the initiatory ceremony recognizing a boy as a bar mitzvah II. transitive verb (bar mitzvahed; bar mitzvahing) Date: 1947 to administer the ceremony of bar mitzvah to

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