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 of :

Qustion 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

Qustion 2. Who had the first known public celebration of a bat mitzvah in the United States?

Judith Hauptman Judith Butler Judith Kaplan Judith Plaskow

Qustion 3. The bar mitzvah ceremony dates back to

The 14th century The destruction of the First Temple The fifth century The Spanish Inquisition

Qustion 4. 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

Qustion 5. 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 Wear tefillin

Qustion 6. In what country was the drasha (Torah discourse) first included in bar mitzvah celebrations?

Poland Ukraine France Germany

Qustion 7. 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.

Qustion 8. The first bat mitzvah in the United States took place in

1945 1864 1776 1922

Qustion 9. Judith Eisenstein, the first bat mitzvah, was the daughter of which Jewish leader?

Aryeh Kaplan. Mordecai Kaplan. Abraham Joshua Heschel. Joseph Telushkin.

Qustion 10. 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.
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