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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 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 2. True or false: Many mitzvot cannot be fulfilled since to the destruction of the Temple.


Question 3. Who in the Bible is described an ezer k'negdo, a "helper opposite him"?


Question 4. What is the name of the halakhic code developed by Joseph Caro in the 16th century?
 Mishneh Torah
 Shulhan Arukh
 Talmud Yerushalmi


Question 5. 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 6. How many loaves of bread is it traditional to have on the table on Shabbat?


Question 7. According to Jewish tradition, how many mitzvot (commandments) are there?


Question 8. Which is the tractate of the Mishnah that is most directly concerned with ethics?
 Bava Kamma


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