Lifecycle events are important milestones in one’s life, which are celebrated by family, synagogue, and community. Naming a baby, bris, bar/bat mitzvah, conversions, confirmations, weddings, funerals, these are the events that fill out our lifecycles and that we commemorate together. It’s common to have a Rabbi give blessings and speak about the event to help make it special or memorable or to comfort the individuals. Lifecycle events are important stages in Judaism and in life that mark a need for togetherness and community.
Whereas holidays and celebrations are events for the entirety of the Jewish people, lifecycle events are specific to the individual families involved.