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

 

Question 2. What does the word "rabbi" literally mean?
 Listener
 My teacher
 Leader
 Clergy

 

Question 3. Why did regular communal Jewish prayer begin in post-Temple times?
 To substitute for the daily offerings at the Temple
 Because the priests felt that the Jewish people were becoming distant and sinful
 Because people felt that sacrificing animals was cruel and unnecessary
 To give people a way to mourn the loss of the Temple

 

Question 4. 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 5. What is the daily prayer book called?
 Mahzor
 Siddur
 Bentscher
 Shiron

 

Question 6. How many men are needed to form a traditional prayer quorum?
 7
 10
 13
 15

 

Question 7. 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 8. 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 9. True or false: According to traditional halakhah, women are exempt from the obligation to wear a tallit.
 True
 False

 

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