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. 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 2. True or false: Humanistic Judaism has its own bar and bat mitzvah rituals.
Question 3. In which countries is there evidence of bat mitzvahs before the 20th century?
All of the above.
None of the above.
Question 4. What is the traditional blessing for a father to recite at his son's bar mitzvah?
"Blessed is He who has now freed me from the responsibility of this boy."
"Blessed is He who has created this sacred occasion."
"Blessed is the Creator of the fruit of the vine."
"Blessed is the boy who turned 13."
Question 5. True or false: The rabbis of the Middle Ages enacted laws to limit spending on bar mitzvah festivities.
Question 6. The Hebrew term for being called up to the Torah is
Question 7. Which famous rabbi introduced the ceremony of confirmation to Jewish America?
Abraham Joshua Heschel
Isaac Mayer Wise
None of the above.
Question 8. 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 9. 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 10. Which one of these statements is NOT true: The bat/bar mitzvah celebration marks the time when children are
Obligated to observe the commandments
No longer counted as part of a minyan
First allowed to participate in and perform the various rituals associated with full membership in the community
First allowed to wear tefillin and a tallit