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8 February 2023

Top 10 tips for parents who are writing a speech for their child’s Bar / Bat mitzvah

by Liz Gatherer
, estimated reading time 2 minutes

A Bar / Bat mitzvah is a significant milestone in a child's life, and as a parent, you want to make sure that your child's special day is as memorable as possible. One way to do that is by delivering a speech that resonates with your child and the guests attending the ceremony.

Here are ten tips to consider while writing your child's Bar / Bat Mitzvah speech.

  • Plan Early Planning is key when it comes to delivering a great Bar / Bat Mitzvah speech. Plan early and give yourself enough time to prepare and practice.
  • Keep It Short Your speech should be brief but meaningful. Limit your speech to two to three minutes only and focus on the most important points you would like to convey.
  • Practice Makes Perfect Practice your speech several times in front of a mirror or record yourself while delivering it. This practice will help you refine your words and perfect your delivery.
  • Speak from the Heart Your words should come from your heart. Make sure your speech is authentic and reflects your genuine feelings about your child and their accomplishments.
  • Start with a Gracious Thank You Kick off your speech by expressing gratitude to those who have attended the ceremony and helped organise the Bar / Bat Mitzvah.
  • Share Personal Anecdotes Shared personal memories will make your speech more heartfelt and memorable. Share a few personal stories that showcase your child's character, strengths or accomplishments.
  • Acknowledge the Hard Work Involved It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to prepare for a Bar / Bat mitzvah, and your child has done it! Dedicate a part of your speech to acknowledge your child's hard work and perseverance.
  • Recognise the Significance of the Occasion Take a moment to acknowledge the significance of the Bar mitzvah ceremony by reflecting on its traditions, customs, and how it symbolically marks a child's transition to adulthood.
  • Add Humour Light-hearted humour adds positivity to the atmosphere and helps connect with the audience. A well-timed joke or a witty anecdote can give your speech the right touch.
  • End on a High Note End your speech with a big finish. Convey your wishes for your child's future, offer a blessing or a prayer or end with a relevant quote or a proverb.

In conclusion, delivering a Bar / Bat mitzvah speech is an honour and a privilege. Follow these tips and bring a personal touch to your speech, full of love and pride, for your child on this special day.

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