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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. 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 2. 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 3. Which TV show featured an episode where a character felt "incomplete" because he'd never had a bar mitzvah?
 The Honeymooners
 The Dick Van Dyke Show
 All in the Family
 Dawson's Creek


Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. In the Book of Numbers, what age does God identify as an age of moral responsibility?


Question 7. The first bat mitzvah in the United States took place in


Question 8. True or false: Humanistic Judaism has its own bar and bat mitzvah rituals.


Question 9. Who had the first known public celebration of a bat mitzvah in the United States?
 Judith Hauptman
 Judith Butler
 Judith Kaplan
 Judith Plaskow


Question 10. 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."