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I have noticed more 83 year old men celebrating their second bar mitzvahs, and cannot find any source for this. Is it a new custom? Does it have any basis in pre-20th century practice?

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The first time I heard of this concept, was back in 1999 when Kirk Douglas had a second "Bar Mitzvah" which was well covered by the media. (He has since had a third בר מצוה!) –  Ephraim Feb 11 at 8:28
    
Added the new minhag shtus tag because i have heard rabbis describe it as such –  Yitzchak Feb 19 at 4:13
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The rationale behind it is that Tehillim describes a lifetime as seventy years in the verse

ימי שנותינו בהם שבעים שנה ואם בגבורות שמונים שנה

(90:10.) Thus -- the reasoning goes -- 83 is 13 years into your "second lifetime" which is as good an excuse for a kiddush as any. I do not know of any source for it prior to the twentieth century or of any book of halacha or official minhagim that quotes it, but that doesn't mean anything.

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Is that your own reasoning or you heard it somewhere? Either way, it's cute. +1 –  YEZ Feb 11 at 0:41
    
I heard it from several people, mostly people celebrating their own second bar mitzvahs –  Yitzchak Feb 11 at 2:44
    
So when we all Gd-willing hit 93, on our way to many more years, do we make a 3rd bar mitzvah? +1 –  Baby Seal Feb 11 at 6:31
    
I would guess so. שנזכה! –  Yitzchak Feb 11 at 15:37
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