The next major part of a male child’s life is the bar mitzvah which is the passage from childhood to adulthood. This stage takes place at thirteen years of age, this is the thing I was most familiar with regarding the jewish religion prior to reading this chapter in the book. You see this celebration take place all the time in movies and television shows that are depicting a jewish way of life. At this age the child is held responsible for their actions. It is much like how we are treated when we turn 18. The boy is now legally allowed to get married and also own their own property. There is a similar right of passage for the female child called a bat mitzvah. For females this takes place at the age of twelve with exception of the Orthodox which is age thirteen. At this age the female is also given the same privileges as the male when he turns thirteen which I thought was interesting since in most cultures the male is able to possess things before the male is.
The next stage of life is when one gets married. This is called a hatoona. This is another thing that I am used to seeing in the movies. There a special traditions that take place at a jewish wedding including the act of smashing a glass at which time the wedding guests shout Mazel Tov which means good luck. There are also acts to symbolize unity such as the guests and the bride and groom to dance and be carried on chairs or to form a bond with a holding on to napkins hand to hand to form a circle.
The last stage of life is know as the Shiva which is