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Bar Mitzvah II


Top left. When you look closely, you will see two Torah cannisters against the partition. It means that there are two bars mitzvah, preparing to do their first readings. This is still at the open air synagogue, at the Western (Wailing) Wall. The partition is between the male and female sections of the synagogue. Moving up to the partition for the reading, allows for contact with the women folks. Sweets, toasts and quips are shared and when the bar mitzvah starts reading all his family is within easy ear shot.


Bottom right. A close-up of a bar mitvah busy with his first reading. Note the little girl in pink, on the 'wrong' side of the partition.


I'll be away for a little more than 10 days. I leave you with this bar mitzvah entertaining the guests at his party, with a song.



comments (15)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 29 Jun 2016, 03:51
Il y a beaucoup de spectateurs.
Louis: Beaucoup d'entre eux sont des membres de la famille de la bar-mitsva garçons.
  • Ray
  • United States
  • 29 Jun 2016, 04:34
Have an interesting and challenging and satisfying 10 days, Louis.
Louis: Not so much challenging, Ray. I plan to do some resting ...
Very nice photojournalism, Louis! Thanks for the video - what a sweet voice.
Enjoy your time away! Take care!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth. I will do that.
I really wish I knew the translation of his song, Louis, because I was crying along with him. Very touching. I can imagine the rite of passage this is for the entire family.
Louis: The Israeli's are an intense people. They also carry years of tradition with them. Here are the translated lyrics of what he sang:

Published on 2 Jul 2013

Lyrics of "Kings" by Eyal Golan

Forgive me Father for I have sinned against you
I dance for all crimes
I had forgotten you even now
You were always the life of
All the ways that I went really
You were my guiding light
I was blind I could not see beyond
Why looking into his

King of Kings, thanks for the life
The joy of crying of laughter
Even when it's hard sometimes not even then God
You never far

Even though I walk through a dark and methods
I trusted you Alokii
The second half of the reactor and a girl
Thanks also to the happiness without sufficient
Thanks for the Holidays
On Saturday that preserves
That never end
Every day on my way to heaven
I have set you in front of me
  • Chris
  • Brexitshire
  • 29 Jun 2016, 06:45
Thank you for this great series Louis
Louis: I learned a lot about other people;s traditions
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 29 Jun 2016, 07:04
Yes, I recognise me standing at the fence to observe the Bar Mitzvah in Jerusalem - very fine close-ups!
Louis: Thank you Philine.
Very nicely captured Louis. Thank you for the video, what a voice!
Louis: Thank you Richard. He can sing, I believe.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 29 Jun 2016, 08:50
Thank you, Louis
Louis: Merci beaucoup, Lisl
Have a good trip wherever you are going
Louis: I plan on that, Bill
this was an instructional series for me Louis, enjoy your ten days!
Louis: Thanks for appreciating, Ayush.
two wonderful pictures of the crowds at the bar mitzvah Louis... i love the song of this very talented boy... he shared his emotions very well!!

have a safe trip....peterwink
Louis: Thank you peter. They are a busy lot in that open air synagogue.
Good shots, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Tom.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Jun 2016, 12:07
Thanks for those Louis - enjoy your break - a shame you will miss my response today to your series ;o)
Louis: I'll hop over and take a look ...
I'm just catching up... Enjoying so many of these pix...
Louis: Thank you Jacquelyn
An important day indeed...
Louis: Coming of age, Jewish style.

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