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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. 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 2. Haftarah portions come from which set of books?
 The Torah
 The prophetic books
 The megillot
 The rabbinic writings


Question 3. 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 4. Which TV show featured an episode where a character felt "incomplete" because he'd never had a bar mitzvah?
 The Honeymooners
 The Dick Van Dyke Show
 All in the Family
 Dawson's Creek


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


Question 7. The confirmation ceremony commonly takes place on what Jewish holiday?


Question 8. Who had the first known public celebration of a bat mitzvah in the United States?
 Judith Hauptman
 Judith Butler
 Judith Kaplan
 Judith Plaskow


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. In what country was the drasha (Torah discourse) first included in bar mitzvah celebrations?