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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. Which of these Jewish ritual items represents the home?
 Seder plate


Question 3. What percentage of intermarried couples raise their children as Jews?


Question 4. 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 5. According to researchers Steven M. Cohen and Arnold M. Eisen, couples with different levels of Jewish observance
 Have a higher divorce rate than the rest of the population
 Almost always eat in non-kosher restaurants on vacation
 Tend to become less observant when they have children
 Often compromise on a level of kashrut that is mutually workable in the home, but observe Shabbat in different ways


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. 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