Masada has a place of honor in the history of the Jewish people: the site symbolized the strength of the Jewish people and its stubborn resistance against those who came to suppress its freedom. Thousands of years have passed since the days of the Second Temple, but today you can hold a Bar Mitzvah ceremony on Masada – a synthesis of tradition and experience that will make an impression that will last a lifetime.
The Bar Mitzvah ceremony is a unique experience throughout: You can start at dawn and open with the Shaharit prayer, with all the glory and splendor of Masada surrounding you. Afterwards, the Bar Mitzvah boy can receive a task that demonstrates the responsibility being given to him upon reaching adulthood: he can be given the honor of carrying the Torah scroll to the synagogue. Because the family is also an important part of the ceremony, the father and another family member may read from the Torah.
After the reading, the main part of the ceremony begins, which is also the most moving part: the young man reads the Parasha that he has memorized and studied, and afterwards he makes a speech in which he thanks all those who helped him reach adulthood.
The ceremony is led by a Rabbi who welcomes the guests and the young man, who also receives an elegant certificate. After a celebration with singing and dancing, an entertaining show begins.
But the experience does not end here: The Bar Mitzvah boy is given the honor of writing a letter in Masada’s Torah scroll with the help of a Torah scribe. In addition, he receives a certificate for writing the letter, a Bar Mitzvah certificate, and a shofar.
Without a doubt, this is one of the most intense and moving experiences that can be imagined, an emotional and spiritual experience that connects the past with the present and childhood with adulthood – an experience that will never be forgotten.
The ceremony is modular – it can be personalized to the needs of the family. Also, the ceremony can be conducted in a number of languages: Hebrew, English, French, Italian, and Russian. After the ceremony, you can take a guided tour of Masada (for an additional fee).
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