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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. How many times is the leather strap of tefillin wrapped around one's arm?
 Three
 Five
 Six
 Seven

 

Question 2. True or false: While the “official” language of Jewish prayer is Hebrew, there are several Aramaic parts of the liturgy.
 True
 False

 

Question 3. Which of these are Hebrew terms for musical phrases and notes?
 T'amim
 N'ginot
 Piyyutim
 A & B
 A & C

 

Question 4. 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 5. Which of these is not a garment worn for Jewish prayer?
 Kippah
 Tallit
 Tefillin
 Gartel
 Mezuzah

 

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. 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