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? test1
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. In what country was the drasha (Torah discourse) first included in bar mitzvah celebrations?
Question 3. Is a bar or bat mitzvah ceremony required for every Jewish child?
Only for boys.
Only for girls.
Question 4. True or false: Humanistic Judaism has its own bar and bat mitzvah rituals.
Question 5. 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 6. Judith Eisenstein, the first bat mitzvah, was the daughter of which Jewish leader?
Abraham Joshua Heschel.
Question 7. 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.
Question 8. What is the minimum age for a girl to have a bat mitzvah?
Question 9. True or false: Before the Middle Ages, a pre-bar mitzvah boy was permitted to receive an aliyah and to put on tefillin publicly.
Question 10. The Hebrew term for being called up to the Torah is