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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. True or false: While the “official” language of Jewish prayer is Hebrew, there are several Aramaic parts of the liturgy.


Question 2. Which of these tasks is often NOT performed by modern rabbis?
 Teaching religious texts
 Supervising the countless activities of the synagogue and its congregants
 Training children in preparation for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs by teaching them to read Torah and Haftarah
 Representing Jews and Judaism in the non-Jewish community


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


Question 4. What is the daily prayer book called?


Question 5. True or false: According to traditional halakhah, women are exempt from the obligation to wear a tallit.


Question 6. Which of these are Hebrew terms for musical phrases and notes?
 A & B
 A & C


Question 7. How many blessings are in the contemporary Shemoneh Esrei?
 One hundred