Jewish Prayer QuizJewish 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. 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 2. 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 3. What is a hazzan?
The spiritual leader of a synagogue
The educational director
All of the above
None of the above
Question 4. There is a Jewish tradition to say how many blessings, or brakhot, a day?
At least one.
Question 5. Which is the correct ending for the blessing for washing one’s hands?
She'natan mi-kvodo l'vasar va-dam
Al netilat yadayim
Question 6. 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 7. Which prayer, which refers to the "houses of Israel," is recited upon entering the synagogue?
Question 8. What is the prayer leader in a synagogue called?
Question 9. True or false: No Jewish denominations permit women to become rabbis.
Question 10. Which of these is not a garment worn for Jewish prayer?