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. How many times is the leather strap of tefillin wrapped around one's arm?
Question 2. 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 3. How many blessings are in the contemporary Shemoneh Esrei?
Question 4. 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 5. 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
Question 6. What is the Hebrew name for tefillin boxes?
Question 7. Which is the traditional Hebrew pronunciation of the word "amen"?
Traditional Jews do not say "amen"