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My grandson had a Bar Mitzvah and I was surprised that I was the third in the line, after the Shul Rabbi and a Friend Rabbi, to get an Aliyah as my son-in-law decided. From where I come from, the Grandfather gets it after the Kohain and the Levy, but not after Rabbis not related to the family. What do you say?
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Dear Rabbi, I know the Bar Mitzvah age is 13 and 12 for Bat Mitzvah. Is there any rational explanation for this? Does something special happen to the person at these ages that makes them turn into adults for the sake of Jewish practices?

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I’ve seen Jewish parents educate their children to perform mitzvahs before bar or bat mitzvah age, which I assume is to ready them for being adults. Why then do I not see young boys wearing or owning tefillin? Thanks for this helpful service.
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My Bar Mitzvah is coming up soon, and I am very, very nervous about it. Do you have any advice on how to get over this fear? Many thanks.