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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. 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 2. What is the name of a large rectangular shawl with strings tied in a particular pattern in each of the four corners?


Question 3. True or false: No Jewish denominations permit women to become rabbis.


Question 4. Prayer is regarded as a substitute for this action in the Holy Temple:
 Sacrificial offerings
 Talking in the back


Question 5. 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


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


Question 7. What is a niggun?
 A wordless melody
 A musical motif that is utilized in various combinations when chanting prayers
 The specific tune for chanting the Torah
 Selections from Psalms, sung on Friday night