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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. In Temple times, what was the main role of the synagogue?
 To provide a place to house communal guests
 To serve as a place of Jewish study and gathering
 To serve as a place to keep tallit and tefillin
 To provide sanctuary to people who needed a special place to talk to God

 

Question 2. 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 3. How many parts does the Priestly Blessing have?
 Five
 Seven
 Thirteen
 Three

 

Question 4. Which major prayer is focused on feminine imagery, specifically barren women becoming mothers?
 Shema
 Hallel
 Mah Tovu
 Amidah
 Mizmor Letodah

 

Question 5. True or false: While the “official” language of Jewish prayer is Hebrew, there are several Aramaic parts of the liturgy.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. Which is NOT a traditional feature of synagogue design?
 A lectern for the leader of the service
 A "Holy Ark" in which Torah scrolls are kept
 Seating arranged facing Jerusalem
 An organ on the bimah to accompany the hazzan

 

Question 7. 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