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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. According to the Talmud, who originated the minhah prayers?


Question 2. True or false: Traditional Jewish men recite a blessing each morning for "not making me a woman."


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


Question 4. 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.


Question 5. Which of these are Hebrew terms for musical phrases and notes?
 A & B
 A & C


Question 6. Which sages first gave Jewish prayer its structure and basic contents?
 Messianic Jews
 The Tannaim
 The latter prophets


Question 7. 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