Yisrael Kristal, Once The World's Oldest Man, Had His Bar Mitzvah At Age 113

In March 2016, a Polish-born Israeli man named Yisrael Kristal was declared by Guinness World Records as the oldest living man on Earth. Later that same year, Kristal finally got around to something that was put off for a whole century: his bar mitzvah. In November 2016, the 113-year-old man celebrated the Jewish coming-of-age ritual exactly 100 years late. Better (very, very) late than never, huh?

In 1916 when Kristal was 13, the traditional age to have a bar mitzvah, he didn't get the opportunity to celebrate the occasion—a little thing called World War I prevented it. But worse than that is the fact that Kristal lost both of his parents before he the age of 12. Kristal was even placed in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, during which his wife died. Fast-forward many years to 2016, and Kristal is a triumphant success story despite having stared into the face of unimaginable hardship throughout his life. The world's oldest man celebrated his bar mitzvah surrounded by two children, nine grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren in Haifa, Israel. Hear his son describe Kristal in the video below.

Oldest Living Man: Israel Kristal

He survived both World Wars and time at the Auschwitz death camp.

Bar Mitzvah Candle Lighting

The ritual calls for 13 candles, but often there's a 14th for good luck.

Some Of The Oldest People Ever

In 2016, Yisrael Kristal topped this list.

How Old Can We Get?

It's quite difficult for humans to make it past 115 years old.

Written by Curiosity Staff November 21, 2016

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