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Weddings Quiz

When planning a Jewish wedding, there are laws and traditions concerning everything from the engagement, to the procession, to the week after the wedding. How much do you know about Jewish weddings?

Question 1. Following the grace after meal at the wedding party, how many extra blessings are read?


Question 2. Which contemporary value has been the most powerful force for changing the traditional Jewish wedding ceremony?
 Socioeconomic diversity
 Relative morality
 None of the above


Question 3. True or false: A rabbi is required to perform a marriage ceremony.


Question 4. Which act formalizes the marriage in the erusin (betrothal) ceremony?
 Reading the ketubah
 Exchanging a ring (or rings)
 Seclusion of the bride and groom in a private room
 Reciting the seven blessings


Question 5. Why is Tuesday considered an especially auspicious day for a wedding? Which one is right?
 Because in the Creation Story, God mentioned twice that the day is good
 Because people have recovered from the weekend
 Because the Ten Commandments were delivered on a Tuesday
 Because the Temple was completed on a Tuesday


Question 6. Which of these has been suggested to explain why a glass is broken at the end of a Jewish wedding ceremony?
 It recalls those individuals who do not have the freedom to celebrate either religiously or publicly
 It commemorates the destruction of the Temple
 It is an act of noisemaking employed to chase away demons that might attack the couple
 All of the above


Question 7. Some people believe that Tuesday is a particularly good day for a Jewish wedding because
 In Genesis, on the third day of creation, the phrase "... and God saw that it was good" appears twice
 Itís cheaper than a wedding on a weekend
 Any day during the week is fine, as long as the wedding isnít on Shabbat
 To avoid two members of the family getting married on the same day


Question 8. If the groom does not have a ring for his bride, he is allowed to provide her with what?
 A new hat
 A handshake
 A kiss on her hand
 A detailed deed


Question 9. True or false: A beit din, or Jewish court, is able to order a man to give a get to his wife.


Question 10. Which of these statements about yihud (seclusion) is true?
 In the yihud room, a couple is alone for a period of time immediately following their marriage ceremony
 Qualified witnesses must attest that the couple was secluded in the yihud room
 Couples eat a small meal in the yihud room, and if they are fasting, will break their fast.
 All of the above