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: The rabbis of the Middle Ages enacted laws to limit spending on bar mitzvah festivities.
Question 2. In some synagogues, normally after the completion of 10th grade religious school, what ceremony do teenagers participate in?
A visit to the mikveh
A Bar Mitzvah
A Bat Mitzvah
Question 3. 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 4. True or false: Converted children are not allowed to read from the Torah.
Question 5. True or false: Humanistic Judaism has its own bar and bat mitzvah rituals.
Question 6. What is the only ritual given in the Talmud pertaining to a bar mitzvah?
Reading from the Torah.
Putting on tefillin.
The father reciting a blessing.
Immersion in a ritual bath.
None of the above.
Question 7. 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
Question 8. The bar mitzvah ceremony dates back to
The 14th century
The destruction of the First Temple
The fifth century
The Spanish Inquisition
Question 9. Who had the first bat mitzvah in the United States?
Question 10. The first bat mitzvah in the United States took place in