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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. Which of these tasks is often NOT performed by modern rabbis?
 Teaching religious texts
 Supervising the countless activities of the synagogue and its congregants
 Training children in preparation for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs by teaching them to read Torah and Haftarah
 Representing Jews and Judaism in the non-Jewish community


Question 2. Prayer is regarded as a substitute for this action in the Holy Temple:
 Sacrificial offerings
 Talking in the back


Question 3. 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


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


Question 5. 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


Question 6. How many times is the leather strap of tefillin wrapped around one's arm?


Question 7. In communities without cantors, what title is given to a knowledgeable person who leads the congregation in prayer?
 Sh'liach tzibbur
 Director of Education
 President of the synagogue