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113 Bereaved Boys Take Part in Mass Bar Mitzvah at Western Wall

“Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.” (Psalm 68:5)

colel-chabad-bar-mitzvah-kotel-western-wallMonday’s mass bar mitzvah celebration at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, hosted by Colel Chabad. (Photot: Kobi Amsalem)

The Jewish charity Colel Chabad on Monday hosted a mass bar mitzvah celebration at the Western Wall in Jerusalem for 113 boys who had lost a parent.

Each boy received a new set of tallit and tefillin as well as a dress tie and kippah, and made the traditional blessing over the Torah for the first time.

Many of the boys came from economically disadvantaged families that could not have afforded to organize a full bar mitzvah celebration. Causes of death for the boys’ parents included illness, accidents, terrorism, and suicide.

The Colel Chabad bar mitzvah program, in its seventh year, was the brainchild of Rabbi Yitzchak Mishan of Brazil, a father of 13 who lost his wife to illness. Colel Chabad also runs a bat mitzvah program for girls.


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