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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. How many times is the leather strap of tefillin wrapped around one's arm?


Question 2. What three themes did Franz Rosenzweig, a 20th century German-Jewish thinker and teacher, identify in Jewish scripture, prayer, and festivals?
 Faith, love for God, and Creation
 Creation, Revelation, and Redemption
 Confession, Redemption, and Renewal
 The Ten Commandments, kashrut, and love of Torah


Question 3. Why did regular communal Jewish prayer begin in post-Temple times?
 To substitute for the daily offerings at the Temple
 Because the priests felt that the Jewish people were becoming distant and sinful
 Because people felt that sacrificing animals was cruel and unnecessary
 To give people a way to mourn the loss of the Temple


Question 4. How many men are needed to form a traditional prayer quorum?


Question 5. True or false: The issue of musical instruments in Shabbat services is controversial, with different communities embracing divergent practices.


Question 6. How many parts does the Priestly Blessing have?


Question 7. What is the prayer leader in a synagogue called?
 Shaliah Tzibbur