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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. In the Book of Numbers, what age does God identify as an age of moral responsibility?
 10
 13
 16
 20

 

Question 2. In which countries is there evidence of bat mitzvahs before the 20th century?
 Italy
 France
 Poland
 All of the above.
 None of the above.

 

Question 3. 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 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. When attending a bar/bat mitzvah service, guests should be careful to
 Recite the mourners kaddish as loud as possible
 Prepare to chant the haftarah in case they are asked to do so on the spot
 Turn off or silence cell phones and beepers
 Arrive at least 30 minutes early to get a good seat

 

Question 6. Who had the first known public celebration of a bat mitzvah in the United States?
 Judith Hauptman
 Judith Butler
 Judith Kaplan
 Judith Plaskow

 

Question 7. Judith Eisenstein, the first bat mitzvah, was the daughter of which Jewish leader?
 Aryeh Kaplan.
 Mordecai Kaplan.
 Abraham Joshua Heschel.
 Joseph Telushkin.

 

Question 8. Haftarah portions come from which set of books?
 The Torah
 The prophetic books
 The megillot
 The rabbinic writings

 

Question 9. 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 10. Is a bar or bat mitzvah ceremony required for every Jewish child?
 Yes.
 No.
 Only for boys.
 Only for girls.