Jewish Practices QuizMitzvot--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. Around the year 200 CE, the earliest compendium of Jewish law was redacted. Which text is this?
The Assyrian Talmud
The Jerusalem Talmud
Question 2. When walking into a room with a mezuzah on the door one should
Kiss the Mezuzah
Bow to the mezuzah
Stare at the mezuzah
Ignore the mezuzah
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. Which of these were the two most important medieval Jewish legal codes?
The Mishneh Torah and the Shulhan Arukh
The Arukh HaShulhan and the Kitzur Shulhan Arukh
The Guide of the Perplexed and the Sheiltot
The Mishneh Torah and Rashi's commentary to the Babylonian Talmud
Question 5. What Jewish practice is done immediately upon waking up in the morning?
Kissing the Mezuzah
Washing the hands
Brushing the teeth
Question 6. 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 7. Which of these is talmudic advice on how to discipline children?
Make the family a democracy, and allow the child's voice and opinion to be heard before overruling it
Allow the child to do what he or she wants; children will learn from their mistakes.
Push away with the weaker hand and reach out with the stronger hand so that reconciliation is always possible
Punish quickly and harshly at the first offense so that children learn immediately what is unacceptable behavior
Question 8. What is the name of the halakhic code developed by Joseph Caro in the 16th century?
Question 9. True or false: In Judaism there is no explicit concept of rights--only responsibilities.
Question 10. Who in the Bible is described an ezer k'negdo, a "helper opposite him"?