Wailing Wall

According to Jewish custom, one becomes a full member of the Jewish faith – son (bar) or daughter (bat) of the commandment (mitzvah) – at age 13.  From that age, the boy or girl becomes responsible for his or her own observance of Jewish law, ritual, ethics, and is now able to participate in all areas of community life.  Where else to mark meaningfully this rite of passage than at the Western Wall (aka the Wailing Wall) in Jerusalem.

Bar Mitzvah



The chosen people experienced a snake infestation while sojourning in the desert.  Moses was instructed to put up a pole with a snake as a means of deliverance from the affliction.  A memorial was placed on Mount Nebo, where Moses was said to have viewed the Promised Land before he died.