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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. True or false: Originally, the term minhag, meaning "custom," referred to a practice about which the law was very specific, but whose details were up for debate.
 True
 False

 

Question 2. When some married Jewish women complete a menstrual cycle they visit the
 Mikveh
 Tikvah
 Halva
 Miklahat

 

Question 3. According to Jewish law, one must wait between eating
 dairy and eggs
 meat and dairy
 meat and eggs
 bread and meat

 

Question 4. 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 5. The word tzitzit refers to
 The fringes on the corners of garments
 The instrument blown at houses of mourning
 The modest garment that the dead are buried in
 A special hat a boy receives on his bar mitzvah

 

Question 6. According to the Book of Leviticus, if the children of Israel do not observe God's commandments what could be the consequence?
 They will not be allowed into the Land of Israel
 The land will spew them out
 The Babylonians will come and exile them
 Civil war

 

Question 7. 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 8. Which is the tractate of the Mishnah that is most directly concerned with ethics?
 Bava Kamma
 Avot
 Nazir
 Pe'ah

 

Question 9. What is the name of the halakhic code developed by Joseph Caro in the 16th century?
 Mishneh Torah
 Shulhan Arukh
 Teshuvot
 Talmud Yerushalmi

 

Question 10. True or false: Secular Israeli jurisprudence treats halakhah as a valid and valued source of precedent.
 True
 False