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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 minhah prayers?
 Abraham
 Isaac
 Jacob
 Moses
 Sarah

 

Question 2. True or false: Traditional Jewish men recite a blessing each morning for "not making me a woman."
 True
 False

 

Question 3. True or false: No Jewish denominations permit women to become rabbis.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. 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 5. Which of these are Hebrew terms for musical phrases and notes?
 T'amim
 N'ginot
 Piyyutim
 A & B
 A & C

 

Question 6. Which sages first gave Jewish prayer its structure and basic contents?
 Messianic Jews
 Haredim
 The Tannaim
 The latter prophets

 

Question 7. 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