Jewish Life Cycle

There are many important celebrations within Judaism to celebrate the Jewish cycle of life. From birth to bar mitzvah / bat mitzvah, to marriage and death, Judaism has a profound way of bringing meaning to all of these events through religious ceremonies and customs.

When a child is born there are different customs that surround this celebration and naming of the child. For a baby boy there is the ceremony of brit milah, which involves the naming and ritual circumcision of the young child. For a baby girl, there is a naming ceremony and a celebration.

In orthodox Jewish communities when a boy turns three there is a special hair cutting ceremony called an upsherin.

The most well know celebration in the life of a Jewish child is the celebration of becoming bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah. When a girl turns twelve and a boy turns thirteen, there is a very special celebration to acknowledge that this child is becoming independent and ready to make the transition into adulthood.

In the Jewish lifecycle, the most festive celebration is that of a Jewish wedding. There are many beautiful customs to celebrate this occasion and make it as joyful as possible.

Finally at the end of the Jewish lifecycle there are the customs of death and mourning. From the funeral, to the custom of sitting shivah and saying kaddish, there are many Jewish customs that allow family and friends to grieve the loss of a loved one.