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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. 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 2. Which of these things is a bar or bat mitzvah child required to perform?
 Leading the service.
 Reciting the Torah portion.
 Reciting the Torah portion.
 All of the above.
 None of the above.


Question 3. 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 4. 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
 Wear tefillin


Question 5. Haftarah portions come from which set of books?
 The Torah
 The prophetic books
 The megillot
 The rabbinic writings


Question 6. Who first enacted Jewish confirmation ceremonies?
 19th-century Reform Jewish leaders.
 The rabbis of the Talmud.
 Women's rights activists.
 The Modern Orthodox movement.


Question 7. The confirmation ceremony commonly takes place on what Jewish holiday?


Question 8. In which countries is there evidence of bat mitzvahs before the 20th century?
 All of the above.
 None of the above.


Question 9. Adult bar/bat mitzvahs have gained popularity in the last
 Five years
 10 years
 30 years
 50 years


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.