Bat Mitzvah (1921, 1949); Kosher (1620); Mellah

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Jun 11 02:29:36 UTC 2002

> In a message dated 06/10/2002 2:08:07 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> Bapopik at AOL.COM writes:
> >
> >     OED has 1950.  Perhaps the online New York Times has something.

This appears to be the earliest in the Times, with the spelling "bas

1938 _N.Y. Times_ 22 May 45  Mr. and Mrs. George N. Janis announce the bas
mitzvah of their daughter, Ruth, Saturday, May 28, 1938.

Fred Shapiro

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