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. 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 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. The tradition of boys reading from the Torah at their bar mitzvah began in what century?
Question 4. What is the minimum age for a girl to have a bat mitzvah?
Question 5. 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 6. In the Book of Numbers, what age does God identify as an age of moral responsibility?
Question 7. 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 8. In which countries is there evidence of bat mitzvahs before the 20th century?
All of the above.
None of the above.
Question 9. Which famous rabbi introduced the ceremony of confirmation to Jewish America?
Abraham Joshua Heschel
Isaac Mayer Wise
None of the above.
Question 10. The first mention of a bar mitzvah party is found in which Jewish text?
The Book of Judges
The Shulhan Arukh