Bar-Bat Mitzvah Program for Classes or Groups
Ceremonial Passages to Adulthood in Judaism and in Other Cultures
A Program for the Seventh Grade
The passage from adolescence to adulthood is a pivotal stage in life, and is celebrated ritually in various cultures with new tasks and challenges. These tasks reflect societal values and what is expected from the youth upon his/her entrance to the world of adulthood.
The Israel Museum offers a special tour for classes or groups in which participants look at the essence of the ceremonial passage — its special role in each culture, what is common to the different cultures, and the special role of the Jewish ceremony.
The Great Isaiah Scroll in the Shrine of the Book
The tour begins in the Shrine of the Book, the home of the 2000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known biblical manuscripts. Participants will also see the oldest set of phylacteries, or tefillin, in existence today, which are constructed just like the ones donned today in Bar Mitzvah ceremonies. The Aleppo Codex, a full, pointed Bible written in Tiberias in the 10th Century, brings the students into the world of the diacritical marks and points (representing vowels) of the Torah, which are part of an oral tradition held to originate at Mount Sinai. Everyone who is called up to read from the Torah in the synagogue has to learn these diacritical marks.
Temple Scroll Columns 4-5
Next to the Shrine of the Book is the model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period. Extending over an entire acre, the 50:1 scale model recreates the ancient city of Jerusalem at its height, just before it was destroyed by the Roman army in 66 CE, centering around the Temple Mount and the Temple itself in its glory. The central role of the Temple in the life of the Jewish people receives a most tangible expression, as well as its close connection to the ceremonial passage to adulthood.
Detail of the Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period
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