In the Jewish tradition, when a boy turns 13 he is considered an adult and is eligible to read from the bible during the prayer in the synagogue.
Every boy who turns 13 undergoes a ceremony called a Bar Mitzvah. It is a symbolic milestone in the transition from childhood to adulthood.
I am not a religious person, so when I celebrated my Bar Mitzvah I was excited, because I was a part of an ancient Jewish tradition and because, for me, it was a symbol freedom and independence.
I think that the Bar Mitzvah ceremony connects both secular and orthodox Jewish people. For example, my ceremony was held at a reformist synagogue.
Before the ceremony I have to learn the text from the bible and learn how to “sing” it in the traditional way. I also learned the message behind the text and its morals. At the end of the ceremony I gave a speech about the meaning of the text.
My Bar Mitzvah ceremony was one of the most significant moments of my life. From that moment on I’ve been feeling that I am no longer a child, but rather an independent man. At this age according to the Jewish religious I am considered an adult.