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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Quiz

Traditionally, 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. Adult bar/bat mitzvahs have gained popularity in the last
 Five years
 10 years
 30 years
 50 years


Question 2. In what country was the drasha (Torah discourse) first included in bar mitzvah celebrations?


Question 3. The first mention of a bar mitzvah party is found in which Jewish text?
 The Torah
 The Book of Judges
 The Shulhan Arukh
 The Gemara


Question 4. Is a bar or bat mitzvah ceremony required for every Jewish child?
 Only for boys.
 Only for girls.


Question 5. When did the first bar mitzvah ceremonies occur?
 In the Torah times.
 In the Temple times.
 In the times of the Maccabees.
 In the 14th century.
 In the early 20th century.


Question 6. True or false: Before the Middle Ages, a pre-bar mitzvah boy was permitted to receive an aliyah and to put on tefillin publicly.


Question 7. The bar mitzvah ceremony dates back to
 The 14th century
 The destruction of the First Temple
 The fifth century
 The Spanish Inquisition


Question 8. According to the Mishnah, what is appropriate to begin at the age of 13?
 Bible study.
 Talmud study.
 Observing mitzvot, commandments.
 Going to synagogue.


Question 9. The confirmation ceremony commonly takes place on what Jewish holiday?


Question 10. Which famous rabbi introduced the ceremony of confirmation to Jewish America?
 Abraham Joshua Heschel
 Shoshana Heschel
 Judith Eisenstein
 Isaac Mayer Wise
 None of the above.