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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. True or false: The rabbis of the Middle Ages enacted laws to limit spending on bar mitzvah festivities.
 True
 False

 

Question 2. Is a bar or bat mitzvah ceremony required for every Jewish child?
 Yes.
 No.
 Only for boys.
 Only for girls.

 

Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. The Hebrew term for being called up to the Torah is
 Hamotzi
 Kiddush
 Aliyah
 Haftarah

 

Question 6. 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 7. In what country was the drasha (Torah discourse) first included in bar mitzvah celebrations?
 Poland
 Ukraine
 France
 Germany

 

Question 8. 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 9. 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 10. In the Book of Numbers, what age does God identify as an age of moral responsibility?
 10
 13
 16
 20