It is customary at bat mitzvahs to give cash gifts in $18 increments. This practice celebrates the sacred Hebrew word and symbol "chai," which means "life" in the Jewish faith.Continue Reading
According to About.com, the gematria in Judaism is an ancient tradition that assigns each Hebrew letter with a numerical value. Using this Jewish classification system, the two Hebrew letters "het," and "yud," collectively add up to the number 18, as het is assigned a value of 8 and yud is assigned a value of 10.
Therefore, giving a cash bat mitzvah gift of $18, $36, $54, $72 or another monetary amount based upon this $18 dollar increment system literally symbolizes the gift of "life" to the recipient.
According to the Bar & Bat Mitzah Guide, the standard bat mitzah guide is near the $50 range, so $54 would be the ideal gift. However, it is important to note that while members of the Jewish faith consider a gift of this sort as extremely welcome and special, individuals should not feel pressured to give bat mitzah presents beyond their means. Any cash gift to the bat mitzah recipient is seen as a touching, friendly gesture even if it is not align with this customary, $18 dollar increment tradition.Learn more about Holidays & Celebrations
Some good Bat Mitzvah speeches remind the celebrant to trust God and advise the child to dedicate her life to God in exchange for God's blessings. Other Bat Mitzvah speeches may talk about making a pilgrimage to Israel or instruct the young woman to honor her religious faith and learn from family members who came before her.Full Answer >
A common thing to write on a Bat Mitzvah card is a note of congratulations. The phrase, "Mazel Tov!" can also be used, which is the Yiddish term for, "Congratulations." If the person knows the girl well, she should write something personal in addition to a short congratulatory phrase.Full Answer >
A star of David is a traditional design for a Bat Mitvah; replace solid lines with rows of hearts in the girl's favorite color for a twist. Another idea is pinning a miniature fabric prayer shawl to the card or fashioning a torah from paper and affixing it to the card as decoration and as a place to insert money. Otherwise, give a tree of life a unique look by incorporating objects from the girl's life into the branches.Full Answer >
Money, Judaica items, and charitable donations are all appropriate gifts for a bat mitzvah. Do-it-yourself gifts are also a good choice when celebrating this symbolic entry into adulthood.Full Answer >