Bar or Bat Mitzvah Gift Guide

What to get for the bar or bat mitzvah kid in your life.

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yad silver 2A shofar is a ram's horn that is blown during the Jewish High Holiday services. Blowing a shofar is a difficult skill to perfect, so having one to practice upon is very helpful. This shofar is a nice size with which to start learning. Lit during Hannukah, a hanukkiah (known as a menorah) is a special type of candelabra that reminds us about the miracle of Hannukah. This menorah is a beautiful representation of the tree of life.

A yad is a short and thin metal pointer used to help a person reading Torah keep place. Yads are often made of beautiful, engraved silver, and can also be displayed as a piece of art. Candle sticks are traditionally given to a bat mitzvah girl. It is customary for women to light the Sabbath candles on behalf of their families. Some young girls begin to light their own set of candles when they reach the age of bat mitzvah. These candle sticks were designed by the famous Israeli artist Yair Emanuel.

Finally, becoming bar or bat mitzvah is a process involving months of Jewish learning, and a Jewish book captures the spirit of study. This reproduction of the famous Szyk Haggadah is a perfect gift to give around Passover.

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Like Judaica, a nice piece of jewelry can also become a cherished item, possibly even a family heirloom for both young men and women. While a Tiffany’s heart pendant necklace has become a classic bat mitzvah gift, a piece of jewelry with Jewish symbolism can capture the essence of the bar or bat mitzvah process. A Jewish star or chai (life) necklace is a timeless gift. The bar mitzvah boy might enjoy a pair of Jewish star cufflinks, and the bat mitzvah girl might like a bracelet with a hamsa (a Kabbalistic symbol that protects against the evil eye).

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Arielle Sperling

Arielle Sperling is an editorial intern at MyJewishLearning and Kveller. She is a rising junior at Colgate University where she is double majoring in English with a creative writing concentration and environmental studies. Her work has appeared in The Jewish Week newspaper and The Colgate Portfolio.