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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. The first bat mitzvah in the United States took place in
 1945
 1864
 1776
 1922

 

Question 2. True or false: Before the Middle Ages, a pre-bar mitzvah boy was permitted to receive an aliyah and to put on tefillin publicly.
 True
 False

 

Question 3. 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 4. According to the Mishnah, what is appropriate to begin at the age of 13?
 Bible study.
 Talmud study.
 Observing mitzvot, commandments.
 Going to synagogue.

 

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

 

Question 7. True or false: Humanistic Judaism has its own bar and bat mitzvah rituals.
 True
 False

 

Question 8. The Hebrew term for being called up to the Torah is
 Hamotzi
 Kiddush
 Aliyah
 Haftarah

 

Question 9. 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 10. True or false: Converted children are not allowed to read from the Torah.
 True
 False