Bar/Bat Mitzvah QuizTraditionally, being a bar/bat mitzvah meant that one was obligated to fulfill the mitzvot, or commandments. Today, boys and girls may mark this event by leading services, reading from the Torah, or doing community service projects. How much do you know about Bar/Bat Mitzvahs?
Question 1. What is the minimum age for a girl to have a bat mitzvah?
Question 2. In what country was the drasha (Torah discourse) first included in bar mitzvah celebrations?
Question 3. When do many traditional Jews mark a child's reaching the age of majority?
In the summer, when there is good traveling weather for family and friends
The Shabbat immediately following the child's birthday
The day of the child’s birthday
After the child fasts for the first time on Yom Kippur
Question 4. Which of these is a bat mitzvah tradition among Chabad-Lubavitch families?
When a girl turns 12, she reads her maftir and haftarah
When a girl turns 13, she reads her maftir and haftarah
When a girl turns 12, she gathers with family and friends to discuss a teaching of the 7th Rebbe of Lubavitch
When a girl turns 12, matchmakers meet to decide who she will marry
Question 5. In some synagogues, normally after the completion of 10th grade religious school, what ceremony do teenagers participate in?
A visit to the mikveh
A Bar Mitzvah
A Bat Mitzvah
Question 6. Which TV show featured an episode where a character felt "incomplete" because he'd never had a bar mitzvah?
The Dick Van Dyke Show
All in the Family
Question 7. Which of these is a pre-bar/bat mitzvah child allowed to do?
Lead Anim Z'mirot
Be counted to a minyan
Read from the Torah
Question 8. Which of these is NOT a way for a bar/bat mitzvah party to be more socially responsible?
Have the child donate a percentage of his/her gifts to charity
Create reusable centrepieces and donate them after the party
Request that guests make donations to worthy causes in lieu of gifts
Have the bar/bat mitzvah child and his/her family arrive at the party in a limo
Question 9. True or false: Converted children are not allowed to read from the Torah.
Question 10. The first bat mitzvah in the United States took place in