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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. 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 2. 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 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. In what country was the drasha (Torah discourse) first included in bar mitzvah celebrations?
 Poland
 Ukraine
 France
 Germany

 

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
 A Confirmation

 

Question 6. The confirmation ceremony commonly takes place on what Jewish holiday?
 Passover
 Shavuot
 Sukkot
 Hanukkah

 

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

 

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. 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