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. When do many traditional Jews mark a child's reaching the age of majority?
In the summer, when there is good traveling weather for family and friends
The Shabbat immediately following the child's birthday
The day of the child’s birthday
After the child fasts for the first time on Yom Kippur
Question 2. Haftarah portions come from which set of books?
The prophetic books
The rabbinic writings
Question 3. The first mention of a bar mitzvah party is found in which Jewish text?
The Book of Judges
The Shulhan Arukh
Question 4. Which TV show featured an episode where a character felt "incomplete" because he'd never had a bar mitzvah?
The Dick Van Dyke Show
All in the Family
Question 5. 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
Question 6. The bar mitzvah ceremony dates back to
The 14th century
The destruction of the First Temple
The fifth century
The Spanish Inquisition
Question 7. The confirmation ceremony commonly takes place on what Jewish holiday?
Question 8. Who had the first known public celebration of a bat mitzvah in the United States?
Question 9. Which of these is NOT a way for a bar/bat mitzvah party to be more socially responsible?
Have the child donate a percentage of his/her gifts to charity
Create reusable centrepieces and donate them after the party
Request that guests make donations to worthy causes in lieu of gifts
Have the bar/bat mitzvah child and his/her family arrive at the party in a limo
Question 10. In what country was the drasha (Torah discourse) first included in bar mitzvah celebrations?