The Yetzi'ah Ceremony: Rethinking the Jewish Coming of Age

By Jill Jacobs, Mik Moore

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 1998

This article explores the idea of a Yetzâ??iah ceremony to help the transition of Jewish students leaving home for college. The article begins by looking at the role of the Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah as historical rituals for boys and girls and their meaning for Jewish culture. The author makes a case for focusing on the contemporary age of adulthood as the point where a significant transition occurs. However, the author also adds that removing the Bar/Bat Mitzvah may not necessarily be as important as much as it is to acknowledge that the transition to adulthood doesnâ??t occur in a single stage. The author concludes by highlighting that the Jewish community and larger American community have not made significant overtures towards addressing the needs of younger people transitioning to adulthood and affirms that the Yetzâ??iah may fill the gap for Jewish youth.

Topic: Ritual, Youth, Adulthood, Family

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Volume/Issue: Vol.63/no.1

Page Number(s): 81-87

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Jacobs, Jill. Moore, Mik. The Yetzi'ah Ceremony: Rethinking the Jewish Coming of Age. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 1998: 81-87. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4451


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