A Jewish couple threw a “Bark Mitzvah” in honor of their dog, Rambo’s, 13th birthday. The celebration was complete with prayers, bread, candlelight, and a tiny kippah and Torah scroll.
According to the Southwest News Service, Ruth and Craig Ellenberg were elated to celebrate the 13th birthday of their Havanese pup, Rambo, in early September.
Since the couple doesn’t have any human children together, they thought throwing a proper Bar Mitzvah for their dog seemed fitting.
The celebration, which took place in the home in Livingston, NJ, included all of the makings of a traditional Bar Mitzvah. Rambo wore a fitted Kippah and Talli and was greeted with a “Mozel Tov” cake topper, a mini Torah scroll, a nameplate, and a custom banner.
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In an interview with Fox News, Ruth shared that she had joked with her family about throwing a “Bark Mitzvah” for Rambo for quite a while before they officially decided to do it.
“As the day got closer, it seemed like a fun idea to brighten up everyone’s day,” she explained.
She also shared that the ceremony helped bring her family closer together. Family members attended via video call, and they even sent out some photos of the celebration to other family members.
According to the Jewish Museum of London, a Bar Mitzvah is a “coming of age ceremony for Jewish boys and girls” that happens when they turn 12 or 13. The ceremony signifies the boy or girl becoming an adult.
More traditionally, the ceremony signifies that the child is of age to make decisions for themselves and choose if and how they will carry on practicing Judaism.
Watch the video below to see more of Rambo and his celebration:
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