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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. 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 cantor
 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?
 Dayan ha'emet
 She'natan mi-kvodo l'vasar va-dam
 Al netilat yadayim
 Hatov v'ha'meitiv


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?
 Mah Tovu


Question 8. What is the prayer leader in a synagogue called?
 Shaliah Tzibbur


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?