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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. When did the first bar mitzvah ceremonies occur?
 In the Torah times.
 In the Temple times.
 In the times of the Maccabees.
 In the 14th century.
 In the early 20th century.

 

Question 2. The tradition of boys reading from the Torah at their bar mitzvah began in what century?
 Fifth century
 10th century
 17th century
 20th century

 

Question 3. 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 4. In some synagogues, normally after the completion of 10th grade religious school, what ceremony do teenagers participate in?
 A visit to the mikveh
 A Bar Mitzvah
 A Bat Mitzvah
 A Confirmation

 

Question 5. True or false: The rabbis of the Middle Ages enacted laws to limit spending on bar mitzvah festivities.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. What is the minimum age for a girl to have a bat mitzvah?
 10
 11
 12
 13

 

Question 7. Adult bar/bat mitzvahs have gained popularity in the last
 Five years
 10 years
 30 years
 50 years

 

Question 8. Who first enacted Jewish confirmation ceremonies?
 19th-century Reform Jewish leaders.
 The rabbis of the Talmud.
 Women's rights activists.
 The Modern Orthodox movement.

 

Question 9. 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

 

Question 10. True or false: Converted children are not allowed to read from the Torah.
 True
 False