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. 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 2. The bar mitzvah ceremony dates back to
The 14th century
The destruction of the First Temple
The fifth century
The Spanish Inquisition
Question 3. 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 4. The confirmation ceremony commonly takes place on what Jewish holiday?
Question 5. 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 6. What is the minimum age for a girl to have a bat mitzvah?
Question 7. 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 8. 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 9. The first mention of a bar mitzvah party is found in which Jewish text?
The Book of Judges
The Shulhan Arukh
Question 10. 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