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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. True or false: While the “official” language of Jewish prayer is Hebrew, there are several Aramaic parts of the liturgy.


Question 2. True or false: The issue of musical instruments in Shabbat services is controversial, with different communities embracing divergent practices.


Question 3. How many men are needed to form a traditional prayer quorum?


Question 4. 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 5. Which of these are Hebrew terms for musical phrases and notes?
 A & B
 A & C


Question 6. True or false: No Jewish denominations permit women to become rabbis.


Question 7. Prayer is regarded as a substitute for this action in the Holy Temple:
 Sacrificial offerings
 Talking in the back