Becoming a Bat Mitzvah marks the transition to the status of adult within Jewish Law and gaining the responsibilities that follow from being obligated in mizvot. Understanding some of the key mitzvot that are now incumbent upon us-particularly those not usually taught in elementary school- and becoming familiar with the halakhic texts that explain them helps guide us through this exciting transition.
Over five weeks, we will focus on specific mitzvot that are performed regularly (Tefilla, Zimun, etc), as well as those that come up throughout the year (Fasting, Megilla, Matza). We will also touch on a few more general issues, such as why Bat Mitzvah occurs at age twelve, and additional questions that arise as we delve into the material.
Each class begins with an introduction of the topic followed by roughly thirty minutes of time to study the sources with a chavruta (parent or another student using ‘breakout rooms’) and then further discussion. As this class is open to girls in both the US and Israel, it will also be an opportunity to learn and create connections with peers from across the globe. Background in gemara texts is not required.
Classes will take place Eastern Time using Zoom. Pre-registration is required.