Jewish Prayer QuizJewish 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. Which of these tasks is often NOT performed by modern rabbis?
Teaching religious texts
Supervising the countless activities of the synagogue and its congregants
Training children in preparation for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs by teaching them to read Torah and Haftarah
Representing Jews and Judaism in the non-Jewish community
Question 2. Prayer is regarded as a substitute for this action in the Holy Temple:
Talking in the back
Question 3. 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 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. 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 6. How many times is the leather strap of tefillin wrapped around one's arm?
Question 7. In communities without cantors, what title is given to a knowledgeable person who leads the congregation in prayer?
Director of Education
President of the synagogue