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The Jewish Life Cycle

The Jewish Life Cycle -

Rites of Passage from Birth to Afterlife

Life Cycle (background from Artmuz)Birth and CircumcisionBar MitzvahMarraigeDeath and DyingThe AfterlifeThe Jewish Life Cycle
Ecclesiates 3:1

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven

Jewish tradition and customs help define the most significant rites of passage in the life of a Jew. From the birth and naming of a child, through death and the world to come, ceremonies and rituals attend to the different stages in life.


  • Introduction - An overview of the Jewish Life Cycle
  • Circumcision - The first ritual event in the Jewish cycle of life.
  • Pidyon Ha-Ben - Redemption of the firstborn male.
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah - Recognition as a member of the Jewish community.
  • Marriage - The uniting of a man and woman and start of a family.
  • Death - The conclusion of life in Olam HaZeh.
  • The Afterlife - Jewish views of Olam Habah.


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