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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 bar mitzvah ceremony dates back to
 The 14th century
 The destruction of the First Temple
 The fifth century
 The Spanish Inquisition

 

Question 2. Which of these things is a bar or bat mitzvah child required to perform?
 Leading the service.
 Reciting the Torah portion.
 Reciting the Torah portion.
 All of the above.
 None of the above.

 

Question 3. The confirmation ceremony commonly takes place on what Jewish holiday?
 Passover
 Shavuot
 Sukkot
 Hanukkah

 

Question 4. The Hebrew term for being called up to the Torah is
 Hamotzi
 Kiddush
 Aliyah
 Haftarah

 

Question 5. Judith Eisenstein, the first bat mitzvah, was the daughter of which Jewish leader?
 Aryeh Kaplan.
 Mordecai Kaplan.
 Abraham Joshua Heschel.
 Joseph Telushkin.

 

Question 6. 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."

 

Question 7. 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 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. 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 10. Who first enacted Jewish confirmation ceremonies?
 19th-century Reform Jewish leaders.
 The rabbis of the Talmud.
 Women's rights activists.
 The Modern Orthodox movement.