Phnom Penh: The modern method of celebrating becoming an adult with a bar mitzvah ceremony did not exist in the time of the Hebrew Bible, Mishnah or Talmud. Early rabbinic sources specify 13 as the age at which a boy becomes a legal adult; however, the celebration of this occasion is not mentioned until the Middle Ages.
According to Jewish law, when a Jewish boy is 13 years old, he becomes accountable for his actions and becomes a bar mitzvah. A girl becomes a bat mitzvah at the age of 12 according to Orthodox and Conservative Jews, and at the age of 13 according to Reformed Jews. Before the child reaches bar mitzvah age, parents hold the responsibility for their child’s actions.
After this age, the boys and girls bear their own responsibility for Jewish ritual law, tradition, and ethics, and are able to participate in all areas of Jewish community life. Traditionally, the father of the bar mitzvah gives thanks to God that he is no longer punished for the child’s sins.
In addition to being considered accountable for their actions from a religious perspective, a thirteen-year-old male may be counted towards an Orthodox prayer quorum and may lead prayer and other religious services in the family and the community.
Bar mitzvah is mentioned in the Mishnah (Ethics of the Fathers) and in the Talmud. In some classic sources, the age of 13 appears for instance as the age from which males must fast on the Day of Atonement, while females fast from the age of 12. The age of B’nai mitzvah roughly coincides with physical puberty. The bar or bat mitzvah ceremony is usually held on the first Shabbat after a boy’s thirteenth and a girl’s twelfth birthday (or thirteenth in Reform congregations).
Obviously last week the Royal Family of Madam Sathsowi Koroghli and the Royal lineage of Sisowath with her husband Mr. Ray Koroghli and with the whole family flew from Las Vegas, United States to celebrate the Bat Mitzvah for the 13-year-old birthday of their generous daughter is Miss. Elior Koroghli at Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Cambodia.
The Bat Mitzavah ceremony is a very special memory and unforgettable ritual of the Jewish religion. Israeli culture and Cambodian culture were blended with the Candle lighting ceremony to celebration Bat Mitzavah, Apsara Dance performance and Piano performance by Miss. Elior Koroghli highlighting Cambodian culture. She entertained well to all VIP guests and her Royal Family.
The Bat Mitzavah also featured the Royal Ballet Dance and Coconut dance from Norodom Buppha Devi Foundation. Cambodia has a very famous cultural heritage with the Angkor Wat Temple, and the Royal Ballet was registered at UNESCO Heritage in 2003 by H.R.H Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, when she was Minister of Culture & Fines Arts.
Photo by: Kang Predi & Teh Ranie