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82-year-old Bar Mitzvah

September 12, 2011 by WorldPost 

82-year-old Bar Mitzvah82-year-old Bar Mitzvah, A man aged 82, Sarasota celebrated his bar mitzvah – the rite of passage traditionally extended to age Jewish children at 13 – almost 70 years later.

Sol Laufer never his bar mitzvah, as a teenager in 1941 because the Nazis as Laufer and his family in a Jewish ghetto during the Second World War. He was then sent to a concentration camp, where he subsisted on rations of flour and sawdust bread and watery soup and became ill before the Soviets liberated the camp in 1945.  His entire family was killed in the Holocaust.

Saturday, Laufer celebrate his bar mitzvah at Chabad of Sarasota. He is a retiree who founded a high-performance optical systems.

The rabbi of Chabad Laufer says is the oldest ever undertaken initiation.

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