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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 confirmation ceremony commonly takes place on what Jewish holiday?
 Passover
 Shavuot
 Sukkot
 Hanukkah

 

Question 2. 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 3. What is the minimum age for a girl to have a bat mitzvah?
 10
 11
 12
 13

 

Question 4. Which famous rabbi introduced the ceremony of confirmation to Jewish America?
 Abraham Joshua Heschel
 Shoshana Heschel
 Judith Eisenstein
 Isaac Mayer Wise
 None of the above.

 

Question 5. 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 6. Which of these is a bat mitzvah tradition among Chabad-Lubavitch families?
 When a girl turns 12, she reads her maftir and haftarah
 When a girl turns 13, she reads her maftir and haftarah
 When a girl turns 12, she gathers with family and friends to discuss a teaching of the 7th Rebbe of Lubavitch
 When a girl turns 12, matchmakers meet to decide who she will marry

 

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

 

Question 8. True or false: In Moroccan communities, the emphasis of the bar mitzvah is more about laying tefillin, and less about being called up to the Torah.
 True
 False

 

Question 9. What is the only ritual given in the Talmud pertaining to a bar mitzvah?
 Reading from the Torah.
 Putting on tefillin.
 The father reciting a blessing.
 Immersion in a ritual bath.
 None of the above.

 

Question 10. 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."