"Don't thank us all the time for hosting you. For Nechama and I, it's simply a great pleasure to have you in our home, especially the Bar and Bat Mitzvah children who are celebrating this special day. Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a very important ritual in the Jewish tradition. It is the moment that we take upon ourselves the yoke of mitzvot, transferring from the world of childhood to the world of adulthood..."
These were the opening words of Israel's President, Mr. Reuven Rivlin, at the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony that was held in part at the President's house last week.