As children enter their teenage years, many religions offer ceremonies to help the individuals grow into adulthood. For Jews, both boys and girls may participate in Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, respectively. The Bar Mitzvah requires the boy to learn, understand and read aloud passages from the Torah. After, he may be showered with gifts and a party with friends and family. While the Torah itself is written in Hebraic characters, you don't need to learn a new language to get different, attention-getting invitations into your guests' mailboxes.
Plan (Way) in Advance
Pay tribute to the Hebrew calendar -- which dates back approximately 2.5 times further than the traditional one -- and ask guests to "save the date" far in advance -- in the year 5771 or 5772, to be exact. The Hebrew calendar for September 9, 2010, through September 28, 2011, is year 5771. If the Bar Mitzvah falls after that time period, ask guests to reserve a spot to celebrate in 5772. Some of your guests may not even notice; others may think you've inserted a typo. For those in the know, calculating the real time to arrive will be as simple as flipping a page-a-day calendar.
Man of the Hour
Although usually planned around the Bar Mitzvah boy's 13th birthday, the special event is widely considered the time period when the honoree becomes a man. Use man-themed wording from well-known songs, book and movie titles and quotes to reinforce the idea with the invitation. Try wording such as "Walk like a man to Max's Eatery after services for the ceremony" and "Man alive! It's Charles' Bar Mitzvah and man, we are excited!"
Whether they're consuming the pointy, hat-like Hammentashen at Purim, chocolate-covered coins at Hanukkah or apples and honey on Passover, Jews have been linked to sweets since their beginnings. Weave the theme of sweet stuff into your invitation and you'll grab the attention of your sweet-toothed invitees. Use wording such as "For a sweet time" "Your sweet presence is requested" and "Join the sugar rush as Ben reads the Torah."
Instead of choosing just different wording for Bar Mitzvah invitations, send invitees in a whole new direction. Take a cue from the Torah and other Hebrew-written materials and write the invitation right to left. This means simply transposing the order of the invitation wording; you don't actually have to write the Hebrew letters and characters unless you're sure your entire guest list can read it. Changing the word order takes a little effort because you have to plan your sentences in advance, and you may run the risk of sounding slightly Yoda-like. But having guests read right to left such as "Mitzvah Bar My To Invited You're" will get them in the spirit of the upcoming festivities.
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