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Jewish Prayer Quiz

Jewish prayer has evolved from scattered supplications in the Bible to a vast, codified tradition today. How much do you know about Jewish prayer, synagogues, rabbis, and liturgy?

Question 1. True or false: Traditional Jewish men recite a blessing each morning for "not making me a woman."


Question 2. Which is the correct ending for the blessing for washing one’s hands?
 Dayan ha'emet
 She'natan mi-kvodo l'vasar va-dam
 Al netilat yadayim
 Hatov v'ha'meitiv


Question 3. According to the Talmud, who originated the morning shaharit service?


Question 4. What is the name of a large rectangular shawl with strings tied in a particular pattern in each of the four corners?


Question 5. What is a niggun?
 A wordless melody
 A musical motif that is utilized in various combinations when chanting prayers
 The specific tune for chanting the Torah
 Selections from Psalms, sung on Friday night


Question 6. What is the Hebrew name for tefillin boxes?


Question 7. Which sages first gave Jewish prayer its structure and basic contents?
 Messianic Jews
 The Tannaim
 The latter prophets


Question 8. The additional prayer service for Shabbat and festivals is called:


Question 9. True or false: The first Jewish prayer books can be found in the writings of the post-talmudic sages of Babylonia (geonim) and their successors in North Africa and Europe.


Question 10. True or false: No Jewish denominations permit women to become rabbis.