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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: Some Jewish thinkers argue that the only legitimate reason for the performance of mitzvot is in order to obey God's commandments.


Question 2. According to Maimonides and the Shulhan Arukh, when a Jewish child sees his or her parent committing a sin against the Torah, what should the child do?
 Chastise the parent for sinning, and setting a bad example
 Keep quiet, because to speak out would be a sign of disrespect
 Look up the law with the parent to see what it says
 Ask a rabbi to write a letter to the parent explaining what he or she is doing wrong


Question 3. What is the name of the halakhic code developed by Joseph Caro in the 16th century?
 Mishneh Torah
 Shulhan Arukh
 Talmud Yerushalmi


Question 4. 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 5. What is the Hebrew word for holiness?


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. Which is the tractate of the Mishnah that is most directly concerned with ethics?
 Bava Kamma


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 how many times should a Jewish person pray every day? Tzedakah is often translated as charity, but itís more closely related to the concept of what?


Question 10. According to Jewish law, how much charity should a person give every year?
 5% of income
 10% of income
 20% of income
 25% of income