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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 mention of a bar mitzvah party is found in which Jewish text?
 The Torah
 The Book of Judges
 The Shulhan Arukh
 The Gemara

 

Question 2. Which of these is a pre-bar/bat mitzvah child allowed to do?
 Lead Anim Z'mirot
 Be counted to a minyan
 Read from the Torah
 Wear tefillin

 

Question 3. The Hebrew term for being called up to the Torah is
 Hamotzi
 Kiddush
 Aliyah
 Haftarah

 

Question 4. 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 5. Which one of these statements is NOT true: The bat/bar mitzvah celebration marks the time when children are
 Obligated to observe the commandments
 No longer counted as part of a minyan
 First allowed to participate in and perform the various rituals associated with full membership in the community
 First allowed to wear tefillin and a tallit

 

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

 

Question 7. 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 8. 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 9. True or false: Converted children are not allowed to read from the Torah.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. 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.