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Building a Jewish Home Quiz

A Jewish home has many unique features, and it is a key space for Jewish identity formation in families. How much do you know about Jewish home and family practices, rituals, and demographics?

Question 1. The number of Jews older than 65 is
 The same as it was in 1980
 Growing at an unprecedented rate
 On a decline because of increased lifespans
 Larger than the number of Muslims over 65


Question 2. What is a herem?
 A ban imposed on an individual to separate him/her from the other members of the community
 A space set aside for women
 A Jewish communal leader
 An expression of religious tolerance and diversity


Question 3. What does a mezuzah contain?
 A small parchment scroll
 A chai charm
 The text of the Jewish wedding contract
 An Aramaic chant


Question 4. What factors contribute to a Jewish population that is increasingly non-white?
 Adult conversion
 All of the above


Question 5. Which of these Jewish legal issues is NOT relevant to home life?
 Marital relations
 Blessings over food
 None of the above


Question 6. What is the purpose of hanging a mezuzah on one's doorpost?
 It fulfills a biblical commandment
 Every time you enter or leave the house, the mezuzah reminds you that you have a covenant with God
 The mezuzah serves as a symbol to everyone else that this particular dwelling is constituted as a Jewish household
 All of the above


Question 7. Other than a space for prayer, what might a synagogue house?
 A study hall
 A ritual bath
 A gym
 All of the above