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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: Traditional Jewish men recite a blessing each morning for "not making me a woman."
 True
 False

 

Question 2. Which is the correct ending for the blessing for washing one’s hands?
 Dayan ha'emet
 She'natan mi-kvodo l'vasar va-dam
 Al netilat yadayim
 Hatov v'ha'meitiv

 

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

 

Question 4. What is the name of a large rectangular shawl with strings tied in a particular pattern in each of the four corners?
 Tallit
 Tefillin
 Gartel
 Mezuzah

 

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?
 Shaddai
 Batim
 Tzitzit
 Shema

 

Question 7. Which sages first gave Jewish prayer its structure and basic contents?
 Messianic Jews
 Haredim
 The Tannaim
 The latter prophets

 

Question 8. The additional prayer service for Shabbat and festivals is called:
 Minhah
 Mussaf
 Aleinu
 Maariv

 

Question 9. 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.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. True or false: No Jewish denominations permit women to become rabbis.
 True
 False