What is an 83 B Mitzvah?
It is a second Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah at 83 Years Young.
In the Psalms, King David made mention of the lifespan of a person, which was up to the age of 70. At the age of 71 and older, many were considered as starting over during that time. The math is simple: 70 + 13 = 83. So 83 is the perfect age to become a Bar Mitzvah or a Bat Mitzvah all over again.
Celebrating the Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah, whether it is the first or second time, with the recitation of the Torah in this time-honored tradition is a wonderful way to celebrate a full life. What an impression it will have on the grandchildren and great-grandchildren! They will learn that it is never too late for something so important and special.
Is Your Grandson Becoming a Bar Mitzvah or Your Granddaughter Becoming a Bat Mitzvah?
What a special gift from their grandfather or grandmother – reading the same Torah portion.
Would you like to learn the Torah portion you would have read at age 13? You certainly can! It would be a moment back in time with the family hearing you read and surrounding you with their support.
Would you like to give a D’var Torah on the Torah portion and how it reflects your life when you were age 13?
You can! You will study with the rabbi and add your personal reflection, thoughts, and interpretation to it. You can study with one of your grandchildren who can assist you in writing or typing up on the computer for you.
You can fulfill your 13th birthday commandment the second time around at 83 years of age.
- One on One online classroom. It is not Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, or Microsoft Teams. It could be if that is much easier for you.
- Weekly or Bi-weekly classes can be arranged.
- The ceremony included – for the Tri-State area (i.e. New York City (Manhattan), Northern New Jersey, Fairfield area of Connecticut, Long Island (Nassau County), Westchester County, Brooklyn (DUMBO or Prospect Park area), Queens.
- Weekday class lessons are available only at this time
- Weekends are for life cycle ceremonies; However, classes on Sundays will be available in the cooler months.