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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. 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 2. The Hebrew term for being called up to the Torah is
 Hamotzi
 Kiddush
 Aliyah
 Haftarah

 

Question 3. According to the Mishnah, what is appropriate to begin at the age of 13?
 Bible study.
 Talmud study.
 Observing mitzvot, commandments.
 Going to synagogue.

 

Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. The first bat mitzvah in the United States took place in
 1945
 1864
 1776
 1922

 

Question 7. True or false: Humanistic Judaism has its own bar and bat mitzvah rituals.
 True
 False

 

Question 8. 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.

 

Question 9. The tradition of boys reading from the Torah at their bar mitzvah began in what century?
 Fifth century
 10th century
 17th century
 20th century

 

Question 10. True or false: Before the Middle Ages, a pre-bar mitzvah boy was permitted to receive an aliyah and to put on tefillin publicly.
 True
 False