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Jewish Practices Quiz

Mitzvot--Judaism's commandments--guide Jewish practice. They have been interpreted and codified into a system called Halakhah--Jewish law. How much do you know about Jewish practices and the rules for Jewish daily life?

Question 1. What Jewish practice is done immediately upon waking up in the morning?
 Kissing the Mezuzah
 Washing the hands
 Praying Shaharit
 Brushing the teeth


Question 2. When did the custom of breaking a glass at a marriage ceremony originate?
 In Germany in the Middle Ages
 At marriages that took place in the Temple
 In concentration camps, where Jews had to get married in secret
 When the Israelites wandered in the desert after the Exodus


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. According to Jewish law, during the week after someone's immediate family member dies, one should:
 Not visit that person so they can grieve in private
 Visit in order to express support
 Visit in order to bring food, but leave immediately
 Visit only if they are specifically asked to


Question 5. The Babylonian Talmud is the source for much of Jewish law. Where was it compiled?
 The Ottoman Empire
 The Persian Empire
 A shtetl in Eastern Europe


Question 6. What is a mohar?
 In ancient marriages, it was the price paid by the father of the groom to the father of the bride
 In ancient marriages it was the contract signed at the engagement
 In the Talmud is it the word used for a devious or untrustworthy friend
 In the Talmud it is the term for a divorcee


Question 7. What is Levirate marriage?
 The obligation of a surviving brother to marry the widow of his brother if he died without having fathered children
 The obligation of a Jewish woman to marry a Levite if there is one who desires her
 The custom of inviting a Levite to officiate at a Jewish wedding
 The name for a marriage that has not been consummated


Question 8. 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 9. According to Jewish law, which of these are requirements a father must fulfill for his son?
 Teach the child to swim
 Teach the child how to make a living
 Teach Torah to the child
 All of the above


Question 10. According to Jewish law, one must wait between eating
 dairy and eggs
 meat and dairy
 meat and eggs
 bread and meat