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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 tradition of boys reading from the Torah at their bar mitzvah began in what century?
 Fifth century
 10th century
 17th century
 20th century

 

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. 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 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. 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 6. True or false: Humanistic Judaism has its own bar and bat mitzvah rituals.
 True
 False

 

Question 7. Is a bar or bat mitzvah ceremony required for every Jewish child?
 Yes.
 No.
 Only for boys.
 Only for girls.

 

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. 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 10. In the Book of Numbers, what age does God identify as an age of moral responsibility?
 10
 13
 16
 20