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? test1
Question 1. The first mention of a bar mitzvah party is found in which Jewish text?
The Book of Judges
The Shulhan Arukh
Question 2. According to the Mishnah, what is appropriate to begin at the age of 13?
Observing mitzvot, commandments.
Going to synagogue.
Question 3. 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 4. What can parents do to help their child prepare for his/her bar/bat mitzvah?
Coerce the child to practice his/her portion daily; be strict and never take no for an answer
Tell the child that the service is unimportant; people are just coming for the party anyway
Create a realistic timetable for fulfilling requirements; allow the child to set priorities and measurable goals
All of the above
Question 5. True or false: The rabbis of the Middle Ages enacted laws to limit spending on bar mitzvah festivities.
Question 6. After the acceptance of mitzvot at 12, what does the Mishnah say is the next life step for a girl?
Baking challah, at 13.
Getting married, at 15.
Getting married, at 18.
Beginning Talmud study, at 20.
Question 7. In the Book of Numbers, what age does God identify as an age of moral responsibility?
Question 8. The first bat mitzvah in the United States took place in
Question 9. Adult bar/bat mitzvahs have gained popularity in the last
Question 10. Which famous rabbi introduced the ceremony of confirmation to Jewish America?
Abraham Joshua Heschel
Isaac Mayer Wise
None of the above.