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. True or false: Humanistic Judaism has its own bar and bat mitzvah rituals.
Question 2. Who decried the materialism of bar/bat mitzvah parties?
Rabbis in the Middle Ages
The Orthodox rabbi, H. Pereira Mendes, in 1938
The chief body of Reform rabbis in 1964
All of the above
Question 3. Who had the first known public celebration of a bat mitzvah in the United States?
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. 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 6. The bar mitzvah ceremony dates back to
The 14th century
The destruction of the First Temple
The fifth century
The Spanish Inquisition
Question 7. True or false: In Moroccan communities, the emphasis of the bar mitzvah is more about laying tefillin, and less about being called up to the Torah.
Question 8. The Hebrew term for being called up to the Torah is
Question 9. 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 10. The tradition of boys reading from the Torah at their bar mitzvah began in what century?