Fifty children from welfare families celebrated their bar and bat mitzvahs during a ceremony held in the Knesset`s auditorium on Monday in the presence of Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein and Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef. The ceremony was held on behalf of MK David Amsalem (Likud), chairman of the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee, and at the initiative of Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev.

Knesset holds bar and bat mitzvah ceremony for 50 teenagers

(Speaker Edelstein with Chief Rabbi Yosef)

Addressing the teenagers, Speaker Edelstein said, ”This is a significant day for you. Today, you are opening a new chapter in life in which you are becoming teenagers and are beginning to bear the responsibility for your actions. You have duties – not only privileges. This may sound a bit demanding, but – do not fear this stage of your lives. Approach it as an intriguing and challenging mission. Believe me, I would be happy to switch with you and go back to your enchanting age.”

MK Amselem said, ”From this day forward, each and every one of you is responsible for your own actions. I too was your age once. I had ambitions, and I made it to where I am today. Each and every one of you can set goals and achieve them.”

Knesset holds bar and bat mitzvah ceremony for 50 teenagers

(Speaker Edelstein addresses the teenagers)

Knesset holds bar and bat mitzvah ceremony for 50 teenagers

(MK David Amsalem at the event)