Bar/Bat Mitzvah QuizTraditionally, 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. 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 2. Who decried the materialism of bar/bat mitzvah parties?
Rabbis in the Middle Ages
The Orthodox rabbi, H. Pereira Mendes, in 1938
The chief body of Reform rabbis in 1964
All of the above
Question 3. The confirmation ceremony commonly takes place on what Jewish holiday?
Question 4. 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.
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. True or false: Converted children are not allowed to read from the Torah.
Question 7. True or false: The rabbis of the Middle Ages enacted laws to limit spending on bar mitzvah festivities.
Question 8. The tradition of boys reading from the Torah at their bar mitzvah began in what century?
Question 9. What is the minimum age for a girl to have a bat mitzvah?
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.