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?

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Qustion 1. Who had the first known public celebration of a bat mitzvah in the United States?

Judith Hauptman Judith Butler Judith Kaplan Judith Plaskow

Qustion 2. The bar mitzvah ceremony dates back to

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

Qustion 3. 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 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

Qustion 5. 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

Qustion 6. 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 7. The Hebrew term for being called up to the Torah is

Hamotzi Kiddush Aliyah Haftarah

Qustion 8. 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 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. Which one of these statements is NOT true: The bat/bar mitzvah celebration marks the time when children are

Obligated to observe the commandments No longer counted as part of a minyan First allowed to participate in and perform the various rituals associated with full membership in the community First allowed to wear tefillin and a tallit
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