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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. Which is the longest of the three daily prayer services?
 Shaharit, the morning prayers
 Mincha, the afternoon prayers
 Maariv, the evening prayers
 They are all the same length


Question 2. What does the Hebrew word mitzvah literally mean?
 Good deed


Question 3. Around the year 200 CE, the earliest compendium of Jewish law was redacted. Which text is this?
 The Assyrian Talmud
 The Jerusalem Talmud
 The Gemara
 The Mishnah


Question 4. What is the Hebrew word for holiness?


Question 5. What Jewish practice is done immediately upon waking up in the morning?
 Kissing the Mezuzah
 Washing the hands
 Praying Shaharit
 Brushing the teeth


Question 6. 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


Question 7. In traditional communities, when a Jewish woman gets married she begins covering her


Question 8. What is "Oral Torah"?
 The Ten Commandments which God revealed orally on Mount Sinai
 The Mishnah, Talmud, and later works of law
 The Books of Genesis and Exodus
 Any piece of Jewish law that is memorized


Question 9. 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 10. 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