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How does Winter affect Bar Mitzvah celebrations at the Kotel?
Celebrate a Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel in the Winter??? … Mazal tov!
Many children are born during the cold winter months, and want to celebrate their Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel. There is no reason in the world to prevent it – no mountain avalanche of snow or rain. Many tend to think that a wintry weather forecast will put a damper on the joy of the celebration, but the exact opposite is true. Bar Mitzvah celebrations at the Western Wall are a unique, amazing and completely unparallelled experience! The following information will explain how to properly prepare for a 'weatherly' Bar Mitzvah …
What to do if it rains?
A few days prior to the Bar Mitzvah date you will want to check the meteorological service to find out what the weather will be like in Jerusalem on that day. If it is expected for rain to fall on the appointed day, the Bar Mitzvah should proceed with umbrellas. It is recommended to provide umbrellas in order that everyone will be protected from the rain.
Today, you are able to purchase custom imprinted umbrellas with the name of the Bar Mitzvah celebration and congratulations, making a wonderful keepsake gift that warms the heart for many years to come. With all the nuisance of holding the celebration in the rain, don't forget that rain is ultimately a blessing – so if you get caught in the rain, this is the greatest blessing you can have for the celebration!
How to conduct the Bar Mitzvah ceremony at the Kotel in the rain?
When it rains, it is forbidden to remove the Torah scroll from the covered area. This is, of course a halachic rule as a single drop of rain may invalidate the entire Torah scroll. If a drop of rain penetrates a book written in ink, the letters may smear and put the kosher status of the Torah scroll into question. For this reason all the Torah readings of the ceremony will take place in the inner prayer plaza called – Wilson's Arch. In order that the woman may hear the Torah reading, they must be in the women's area of Wilson's Arch. The women's section is relatively small and therefore it is very possible to take a bit of time until he turns to them.
What if it snows?
In the case of snow, with effective planning the Bar Mitzvah becomes a truly unique experience and amazing 'one of a kind' event!
Before the appointed day, the guests and family will need to prepare the best travel plans in order to arrive at the Kotel before the snow piles. Because while the snow is falling on the routes to Jerusalem and in the city, it is not easily possible to travel and will take a long time. It would be a shame to spend the big day in a car stuck in the snow!
When everyone is in the city on time for the Bar Mitzvah, you can begin the procession with musical accompaniment in the alleys of the Old City Wall. A klezmer procession accompanying the Bar Mitzvah boy dressed in white is one of the most exciting and sweetest memories of purity and holiness for everyone in attendance.
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