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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 a day do traditional Jews pray?
 One
 Three
 Four
 Five
 Ten

 

Question 2. What is a hazzan?
 The spiritual leader of a synagogue
 The cantor
 The educational director
 All of the above
 None of the above

 

Question 3. Which sages first gave Jewish prayer its structure and basic contents?
 Messianic Jews
 Haredim
 The Tannaim
 The latter prophets

 

Question 4. How many times is the leather strap of tefillin wrapped around one's arm?
 Three
 Five
 Six
 Seven

 

Question 5. What is the daily prayer book called?
 Mahzor
 Siddur
 Bentscher
 Shiron

 

Question 6. 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.
 True
 False

 

Question 7. What is NOT part of the traditional liturgy arranged by the Tannaim?
 The twice-daily recitation of the Shema
 "The Prayer" of 18 blessings, also known as the Amidah
 The recitation every morning of Modeh Ani
 Public Torah reading