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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. The first mention of a bar mitzvah party is found in which Jewish text?
 The Torah
 The Book of Judges
 The Shulhan Arukh
 The Gemara

 

Question 2. In what country was the drasha (Torah discourse) first included in bar mitzvah celebrations?
 Poland
 Ukraine
 France
 Germany

 

Question 3. What is the minimum age for a girl to have a bat mitzvah?
 10
 11
 12
 13

 

Question 4. 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 5. Haftarah portions come from which set of books?
 The Torah
 The prophetic books
 The megillot
 The rabbinic writings

 

Question 6. 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 7. 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 8. Is a bar or bat mitzvah ceremony required for every Jewish child?
 Yes.
 No.
 Only for boys.
 Only for girls.

 

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