My Jewish Learning

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. Which of these statements best describes the stance of the organized Jewish community vis-a-vis interfaith families?
 Interfaith families are viewed with suspicion
 Interfaith families are actively recruited for all aspects of Jewish communal affiliation
 Some people/institutions embrace interfaith families in hopes the children will become active in the Jewish community; others are less welcoming
 The organized Jewish community does not concern itself with interfaith families

 

Question 2. True or false: The commandment to hang a mezuzah is biblical in origin.
 True
 False

 

Question 3. Why is nurturing a family considered of utmost importance in Jewish tradition?
 Because the first mitzvah in the Torah relates to having children
 Because creating a family has a lasting impact on the greater community
 Because having children and instilling Jewish values in them is seen as a counterbalance to the shrinking Jewish populace
 All of the above

 

Question 4. According to the 2000 National Jewish Population Study, what percentage of Jewish households have an adopted child?
 50
 30
 10
 5

 

Question 5. What does a mezuzah contain?
 A small parchment scroll
 A chai charm
 The text of the Jewish wedding contract
 An Aramaic chant

 

Question 6. True or false: Historically, the Jewish home--in contrast to the study hall and synagogue--has been primarily a female space.
 True
 False

 

Question 7. What is the first mitzvah in the Torah?
 Be fruitful and multiply
 Honor your father and mother
 Love your neighbor as yourself
 Turn the other cheek