n. A ceremony marking the beginning of religious education for children.
"Looking back, I know that my Consecration began a lifelong experience of Jewish learning." (source)
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- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- North America
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
"Celebrated by most Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist congregations, Consecration is sometimes held on Sukkot, a holiday near the beginning of the school year, or on Simchat Torah, to make the connection between study and celebrating the Torah. The ceremony may be held when the child is in an early grade, or alef class. There is no formal liturgy for the occasion, but it is customary to say a prayer for the child’s successful Jewish education and to present the child with an object of Judaica or a book of Jewish content." (JPS)
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