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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. According to the 2000 National Jewish Population Study, what percentage of Jewish households have an adopted child?


Question 2. 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


Question 3. 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 4. What does a mezuzah contain?
 A small parchment scroll
 A chai charm
 The text of the Jewish wedding contract
 An Aramaic chant


Question 5. True or false: Historically, the Jewish home--in contrast to the study hall and synagogue--has been primarily a female space.


Question 6. What is a ba'al teshuvah?
 An aging parent
 A person who regularly leads prayers in synagogue
 A person who becomes more Jewishly observant
 A convert to Judaism


Question 7. 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