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. True or false: Traditional Jewish men recite a blessing each morning for "not making me a woman."
Question 2. How many times is the word "amen" found in the Hebrew Bible?
More than 20
Question 3. True or false: The issue of musical instruments in Shabbat services is controversial, with different communities embracing divergent practices.
Question 4. In Temple times, what was the main role of the synagogue?
To provide a place to house communal guests
To serve as a place of Jewish study and gathering
To serve as a place to keep tallit and tefillin
To provide sanctuary to people who needed a special place to talk to God
Question 5. 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 6. Why do Jews pray?
To reminds us of life's truths
To connect us to other realms
Because of a sense of obligation and purpose
To achieve spiritual discipline
All of these reasons
Question 7. What is the Yiddish name for the head coverings worn by men (and some women) during prayer services?
Question 8. How many men are needed to form a traditional prayer quorum?
Question 9. Which prayer, which refers to the "houses of Israel," is recited upon entering the synagogue?
Question 10. How many blessings are in the contemporary Shemoneh Esrei?