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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. What does the word "rabbi" literally mean?
 Listener
 My teacher
 Leader
 Clergy

 

Question 2. How many parts does the Priestly Blessing have?
 Five
 Seven
 Thirteen
 Three

 

Question 3. The additional prayer service for Shabbat and festivals is called:
 Minhah
 Mussaf
 Aleinu
 Maariv

 

Question 4. True or false: Traditional Jewish men recite a blessing each morning for "not making me a woman."
 True
 False

 

Question 5. What is the Hebrew name for tefillin boxes?
 Shaddai
 Batim
 Tzitzit
 Shema

 

Question 6. How many men are needed to form a traditional prayer quorum?
 7
 10
 13
 15

 

Question 7. Prayer is regarded as a substitute for this action in the Holy Temple:
 Sacrificial offerings
 Pilgrimage
 Confession
 Tzedakah
 Talking in the back

 

Question 8. What can the study of Jewish prayer teach us?
 Anthropology of the Jews, since prayers vary according to local customs, ethnic origins, and ideologies
 History of the Jews, since prayers come from different times and places
 Jewish theology
 All of these

 

Question 9. What is the daily prayer book called?
 Mahzor
 Siddur
 Bentscher
 Shiron

 

Question 10. What is the Yiddish name for the head coverings worn by men (and some women) during prayer services?
 Kippah
 Yarmulke
 Tefillin
 Hamsa