(c) 2000 Dr Hendel; 1st appeared in Torah Forum (c) Project Genesis
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Date: Sun, 1 Aug 1999 23:40:03 -0400 (EDT)
From: Russell Hendel <  rhendel@mcs.drexel.edu>
Subject: Re: Bat Mitzvahs

The subject of "how to celebrate Bat Mitzvahs" has come up recently (e.g.
Danmin@aol.com (V4n76) or Hamm (V4n80).

At my neices Bat Mitzvah in Elizabeth my brother-in-law made a Siyum of
Ketuboth prior to the seudah. When I asked him for an explanation he
suggested that

a) On the one hand he didn't want to contribute to making a new minhag of
legitimizing a new minhag of bat mitvahs while
(b) on the other hand he did not want to deprive his daughter of what every
one else has. So he made a siyum converting the meal into a seudat mitzvah.
 He chose Ketuboth so no one should accuse him of finishing a small
maseceth quickly for purposes of the seudah.

Russell Hendel; Phd ASA;
http://www.shamash.org/rashi/