A Bar Mitvah, if you weren’t that sure, is a Jewish celebration that takes place when a boy turns 13 and is seen as becoming a fully responsible member of the Jewish community. The young man must read from the Torah and lead a prayer for the whole service.
It’s one of the most important moments in a Jewish mans life and considered incredibly significant within the faith.
If you’ve been invited to attend a Bar Mitzvah, perhaps to a family member of yours (brother, grandson, cousin, nephew etc) or you just know someone who’s son is about to have theirs then you may want to send or give a card.
Knowing what to write in a Bar Mitzvah card isn’t easy though. If you aren’t familiar with the ceremony or the Jewish faith you might be worried about causing offence or saying the wrong thing.
Also should you be addressing the card to the parents or the child themselves? Is it better to be funny or just stick to a simple congratulations?
Well you can use one or more of the variety of different Bar Mitzvah congratulations and wishes below. They range from simple card messages and quotes through to funny sayings and wishes from grandparents. You can use them as they are or change them to fit your circumstances.
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Bar Mitzvah Wishes
The Bar Mitzvah messages below are simple and fairly short. They’re perfect for a Bar Mitzvah card and should, in a simple way, get your feelings across and express your congratulations to the entire family on a special day.
- Mazel Tov! Congratulations on becoming a man! We’re so proud of you.
- We are praying that as you enter adulthood the teachings of the Torah help guide you. Happy Bar Mitzvah!
- Mazel Tov! Congratulations and have a wonderful day!
- Watching you come of age is such a proud moment for us. We wish you all the best and know you’ll grow into an amazing young man. Mazel Tov!
- Mazel Tov on your Bar Mitzvah! I wish you much happiness and many blessings on such a special day.
- Sending you best wishes on your big day. We can’t wait to share the joy and happiness a Bar Mitzvah brings. Have a wonderful and blessed day!
- Happy Bar Mitzvah! Wishing you all the best and that you are blessed in this truly special celebration.
- Mazel Tov on a fantastic achievement! May your faith guide you through your adult years and bring you untold happiness. Happy Bar Mitzvah!
- Congratulations on becoming a man! Enjoy your rite of passage into adulthood and take the lessons from it with you throughout life.
- This is just the beginning of an exciting journey. I know you’ll be a huge success in whatever you do. Mazel Tov and a happy Bar Mitzvah!
Bar Mitzvah Quotes
A quote regarding a Bar Mitzvah is a great way to wish someone well or congratulate them on such an important day. Many of the quotes below serve as words of wisdom to the young man as he enters adulthood.
- “A Bar Mitzvah is the time in his life when a Jewish boy realizes he has a better chance of owning a team than playing for one” – Jerry Reinsdorf
- “The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth.” – Unknown
- “And the boy grew up and the Lord blessed him.” – Judges 13:24
- “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “Go where you are celebrated – not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start.” – Unknown
- “I found a fruitful world because my ancestors planted it for me. Likewise I am planting for my children.” – Talmud, Taanit 23A
- “May you live to see your world fulfilled, may you be our link to future worlds, and may your hope encompass all the generations to be. May your heart conceive with understanding, may your mouth speak wisdom and your tongue be stirred with sounds of joy. May your gaze be straight and sure, your eyes be lit with Torah’s lamp, your face aglow with heaven’s radiance, your lips expressing words of knowledge, and your inner self alive with righteousness. And may you always rush in eagerness to hear the words of One more ancient than all time.”
– Talmud, Brachot 17A
- “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life.” – Proverbs 11:30
- “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
- “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller
Funny Bar Mitzvah Messages
Whilst a Bar Mitzvah is a serious event you can add a touch of humour to the day by using a funny message. Put a smile on the boys face with a witty or funny card.
- Just think. If you weren’t Jewish, you’d have another fifteen years or so to still screw around and act like a child.
- Well, you’re officially grown up. What’s that like then?
- Adulthood is still fun. It’s just that you start thinking of fun in a different way.
- Being Jewish has some benefits. For example, there are the Bar Mitzvah gifts!
- A little secret is that adulthood is not as great as it is worked up to be. This is exactly why we have a celebration. It’s to trick you into thinking it’s a good thing to come of age. Congratulations on becoming an adult.
- “Did you know that when Albert Einstein reached 13, his mother was heard to say to him, ‘But it’s your Bar Mitzvah photo. Couldn’t you do something about your hair?” – Unknown
- Enjoy your time of independence as a young man while you can. It probably won’t be long before you have some sweet young lady to tell you what to do. We are wishing you the best.
- “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished by how much he’d learned in seven years.” – Mark Twain
Wishes for Grandson
If it’s your grandson’s Bar Mitzvah then you might want to pass on some of your knowledge or wisdom. You can offer small bits of advice or just congratulate him on becoming a man.
- It’s been an honour and a privilege to watch you grow into a fine young man. You’ve made us so proud and hopefully we’ve been able to help and teach you as you’ve reached adulthood. Remember well always be there for you. Mazel Tov!
- I hope you remember today that your family loves and cherished you. We are so grateful to have you as our grandson and can’t wait to see you become a man. Congratulations!
- Congratulations, and may you be blessed on your Bar Mitzvah. Today may seem like the beginning of your journey into manhood, but rest assured that it is simply another milestone on a path that you have already travelled far on. Looking forward to seeing what other landmark moments you accomplish!
- May you embrace the lessons you have learned, ready to share them with others, and remain open to discovering even more. On your Bar Mitzvah you become not just a man but a scholar, a leader, and a teacher as well. Congratulations!
- As you look forward to your Bar Mitzvah and all that it means, don’t forget to look back as well and embrace the people and moments that have you brought you to this point. You are a special collection of love and care, and we could not be prouder of the man you have become.
- Congrats! You have made us so happy to see such love and faith reflected in our wonderful grandson. Your Bar Mitzvah is recognition of the many wonderful and mature qualities that you have always possessed and developed.
- Seeing you grow up has been an experience like no other and one that I would not trade for the world. I hope you are joyful, blessed, and content in this moment.
You can address some of your congratulations to the parents of the young man who’s Bar Mitzvah it is. They will be feeling huge amounts of pride and joy during such an important day for their son so you can let them know how pleased you are for them.
- We’re so happy tine here to see your little boy become a man. You must be so proud. Congratulations!
- I’m so honoured to be part if such a special occasion.
- You must be filled with such pride and joy as you witness your son enter adulthood. I know how successful he will be in whatever he chooses
- Enjoy this wonderful day and take huge pride in your amazing son. He’s going to be a man of great standing and respected by all
- We can’t wait to see your young man take his first steps into adulthood. You’ve done a brilliant job raising him and that’s reflected in the person he’s becoming today.
A few resources to help understand Bar Mitzvahs and Jewish celebrations/events.
- Bar Mitzvah: When is it and How to Celebrate
- Bar and Bat Mitzvah 101
- Chrismukkah and Hanukkah Cards – MixedBlessing offers the most creative and largest collection of interfaith, multicultural and Chrismukkah holiday cards and products combining the symbols of Hanukkah and Christmas
Hopefully these Bar Mitzvah wishes will have helped you to feel confident about what to say and how to congratulate someone on such an important day.