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. 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 2. What is the name of a large rectangular shawl with strings tied in a particular pattern in each of the four corners?
Question 3. True or false: No Jewish denominations permit women to become rabbis.
Question 4. Prayer is regarded as a substitute for this action in the Holy Temple:
Talking in the back
Question 5. What is NOT part of the traditional liturgy arranged by the Tannaim?
The twice-daily recitation of the Shema
"The Prayer" of 18 blessings, also known as the Amidah
The recitation every morning of Modeh Ani
Public Torah reading
Question 6. How many parts does the Priestly Blessing have?
Question 7. What is a niggun?
A wordless melody
A musical motif that is utilized in various combinations when chanting prayers
The specific tune for chanting the Torah
Selections from Psalms, sung on Friday night