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originally posted by: OptimusSubprime
a reply to: windword
Well, as a Christian I would have to say that it makes little difference... Jews and Atheists are destined for the same eternal condemnation because neither believe on the LORD Jesus Christ. One believes in a false god, while the other believes in no god.
In Judaism, it's all about tradition.
So, what would you do? What's your advice? How important are religious celebrations and rites in a child's life?
I was "saved" when I was about 11-12 because I knew it was about time, according to my church. I still believed in the God story. It's so silly to me now, but I knew it was expected of me, and I played along because it was the thing to do. I decided and planned it ahead of time (even though you were supposed to do it because you "feel the calling"). I even took my Catholic friend to church with me that evening so she could watch me go up and receive forgiveness.
So what does it mean to become a bar mitzvah? Under Jewish Law, children are not obligated to observe the commandments, although they are encouraged to do so as much as possible to learn the obligations they will have as adults. At the age of 13 (12 for girls), children become obligated to observe the commandments. The bar mitzvah ceremony formally, publicly marks the assumption of that obligation, along with the corresponding right to take part in leading religious services, to count in a minyan (the minimum number of people needed to perform certain parts of religious services), to form binding contracts, to testify before religious courts and to marry.
A Jewish boy automatically becomes a bar mitzvah upon reaching the age of 13 years, and a girl upon reaching the age of 12 years. No ceremony is needed to confer these rights and obligations. The popular bar mitzvah ceremony is not required, and does not fulfill any commandment. It is certainly not, as one episode of the Simpsons would have you believe, necessary to have a bar mitzvah in order to be considered a Jew! The bar or bat mitzvah is a relatively modern innovation, not mentioned in the Talmud, and the elaborate ceremonies and receptions that are commonplace today were unheard of as recently as a century ago.
originally posted by: LABTECH767
a reply to: windword
He should still stick to his family's traditions, god know's enough people have die'd trying to keep them over the centuries and it is not about just his religion but his heritage and identity.