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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. In Temple times, what was the main role of the synagogue?
 To provide a place to house communal guests
 To serve as a place of Jewish study and gathering
 To serve as a place to keep tallit and tefillin
 To provide sanctuary to people who needed a special place to talk to God

 

Question 2. What is the daily prayer book called?
 Mahzor
 Siddur
 Bentscher
 Shiron

 

Question 3. According to the Talmud, who originated the morning shaharit service?
 Abraham
 Sarah
 Isaac
 Jacob
 Moses

 

Question 4. Which is the traditional Hebrew pronunciation of the word "amen"?
 Ay-men
 Ah-men
 Traditional Jews do not say "amen"

 

Question 5. 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 6. The additional prayer service for Shabbat and festivals is called:
 Minhah
 Mussaf
 Aleinu
 Maariv

 

Question 7. 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