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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."
 True
 False

 

Question 2. How many times is the word "amen" found in the Hebrew Bible?
 None
 One
 10
 More than 20

 

Question 3. True or false: The issue of musical instruments in Shabbat services is controversial, with different communities embracing divergent practices.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. In Temple times, what was the main role of the synagogue?
 To provide a place to house communal guests
 To serve as a place of Jewish study and gathering
 To serve as a place to keep tallit and tefillin
 To provide sanctuary to people who needed a special place to talk to God

 

Question 5. Which is NOT a traditional feature of synagogue design?
 A lectern for the leader of the service
 A "Holy Ark" in which Torah scrolls are kept
 Seating arranged facing Jerusalem
 An organ on the bimah to accompany the hazzan

 

Question 6. Why do Jews pray?
 To reminds us of life's truths
 To connect us to other realms
 Because of a sense of obligation and purpose
 To achieve spiritual discipline
 All of these reasons

 

Question 7. What is the Yiddish name for the head coverings worn by men (and some women) during prayer services?
 Kippah
 Yarmulke
 Tefillin
 Hamsa

 

Question 8. How many men are needed to form a traditional prayer quorum?
 7
 10
 13
 15

 

Question 9. Which prayer, which refers to the "houses of Israel," is recited upon entering the synagogue?
 Shema
 Mah Tovu
 Amidah
 Aleinu

 

Question 10. How many blessings are in the contemporary Shemoneh Esrei?
 One
 Three
 Nineteen
 One hundred