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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. 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 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
 Praying Shaharit
 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?
 Mishneh Torah
 Shulhan Arukh
 Talmud Yerushalmi


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"?