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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. What is the meaning of the root of the word halakhah--the Hebrew term for Jewish law?
 A & B
 A & C


Question 3. Which of the following is true of the commandment to visit the sick?
 It's forbidden if the sick person has a communicable disease
 It's encouraged, even when it will make the person sicker
 It is thought to have healing properties
 It is preferable to visit as often as possible and stay as long as possible


Question 4. What does the Hebrew word mitzvah literally mean?
 Good deed


Question 5. What is the name of the halakhic code developed by Joseph Caro in the 16th century?
 Mishneh Torah
 Shulhan Arukh
 Talmud Yerushalmi


Question 6. True or false: In Judaism there is no explicit concept of rights--only responsibilities.


Question 7. Which of these mitzvot are still performed by Jews today?
 Mitzvot related to organ donation
 Animal sacrifices
 Giving agricultural gifts to the priests
 All of these


Question 8. True or false: By the high Middle Ages, most Jewish communities recognized one rabbi as the arbiter of Jewish law in that community.


Question 9. According to the Talmud, which of the following is something children must not do, because it is a sign of irreverence for their parents?
 Sit in their parents' seats
 Oppose their parents in a dispute
 Contradict their parents' words
 All of the above


Question 10. Which of the following is forbidden by the Torah?
 Sexual relations with a girl before she has begun menstruating
 Sexual relations with a woman when she is pregnant
 Sexual relations with a woman who is post-menopause
 Sexual relations with a woman while she is menstruating