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Bar Mitzvah & Bah Mitzvah’s Compared to Confirmation

Catholic and Judaism are considered opposite religions, yet they share very similar rituals and ceremonies. A Catholic child typically around twelve or thirteen years old goes through their confirmation. This is a ceremony where the young adult promises to follow with the religion and continue to learn about the faith. In the Jewish faith when a girl is twelve and a boy is thirteen they celebrate their Bah Mitzvah if they are a girl or Bar Mitzvah if they are a boy. This ceremony is also when the young adult promises to follow their religion and stay close to and learn more about their faith.

The definition of a Catholic Confirmation is “a rite administered to baptized persons, in some churches as a sacrament for confirming and strengthening the recipient in the Christian faith, in others as a rite without sacramental character by which the recipient is admitted to full communion with the church.”(1). The definition of a Bar Mitzvah is very similar to the definition of a Catholic Confirmation. The definition of a Bar Mitzvah or a Bah Mitzvah is “a solemn ceremony held in the synagogue, usually on Saturday morning, to admit as an adult member of the Jewish community a Jewish boy 13 years old who has successfully completed a prescribed course of study in Judaism.”(2).

Most Confirmations are done through the catholic schools now so a young adult will be confirmed with their class mates, while a Bar Mitzvah or Bah Mitzvah is celebrated normally only one person at a time, but still takes place in front of the synagogue ‘s congregation. Confirmations are performed during a special confirmation mass where the person being confirmed must have someone known as a sponsor to be there for them. Their sponsor can be any Catholic person who the young person being confirmed looks up to as a Catholic leader in their life. During the ceremony each person being confirmed is called up to take vows about staying...
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