Part 1 – Proven Strategies for Successful Bar Mitzvah Studying
Studying for the Bar or Bat Mitzvah takes a lot of time and practice as you get ready to read the Torah during the ceremony. It is highly recommended that you start to prepare for this special once-in-a-lifetime event at least a year in advance. This length of time allows you to prepare emotionally as well.
Whether you are celebrating your Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Israel or abroad, these strategies will help you feel more confident and achieve the best results. Look for more great strategies on our next blog.
1. Make A Schedule
Take ownership of your time and make a schedule so that you have a special time set aside specifically for studying for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Remember to look ahead for long term goals as studying for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah needs its own special time set aside. Keep in mind that the end of your special day marks the beginning of a brand new stage of your life as you are now considered an integral part of the Jewish community.
2. Know Your Agenda
Be sure to understand everything that will happen on your Bar/Bat Mitzvah day so you can be fully prepared. Make a timeline that shows what needs to be learned and by when, as this is a great way to see where you currently are and follow your own progress. Also, be sure to ask for help if needed; if you didn’t understand something a little clarification can be of great help. Ask your rabbi to help you with this.
3. Understand That You May Have To Make Sacrifices
Because preparing for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah takes a lot of time, you should understand that you may have to limit some of your other activities. For instance, maybe you can try out for that sport you like or the choir next semester. Understanding now that there may have to be some sacrifices made later is important and can help you when you’re making any future plans.
4. Put Forth Your Best Effort
Putting forth your best effort is expected. This is a very important time of transition in a young person’s life and, accordingly, you should try to do your very best. Although you will be required to study a lot, try to be patient and don’t be too hard on yourself. If you find that you are encountering a tough time, stop and take a few deep breaths. Remind yourself of all the people that have gone through this before you as this can help make you feel that you are not alone. Also, know that everyone makes mistakes and some nervousness is normal.
5. Give Yourself The Praise You Deserve
You will be working really hard when studying for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah so it is really important for you to give yourself the praise you deserve for playing such an important role. Be sure to take time to appreciate everything that is happening right now as you will carry these special memories with your forever.