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. The first mention of a bar mitzvah party is found in which Jewish text?
The Book of Judges
The Shulhan Arukh
Question 2. 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 3. The Hebrew term for being called up to the Torah is
Question 4. When attending a bar/bat mitzvah service, guests should be careful to
Recite the mourners kaddish as loud as possible
Prepare to chant the haftarah in case they are asked to do so on the spot
Turn off or silence cell phones and beepers
Arrive at least 30 minutes early to get a good seat
Question 5. 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
Question 6. The confirmation ceremony commonly takes place on what Jewish holiday?
Question 7. 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 8. According to the Mishnah, what is appropriate to begin at the age of 13?
Observing mitzvot, commandments.
Going to synagogue.
Question 9. True or false: Converted children are not allowed to read from the Torah.
Question 10. 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.