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Liturgy & Prayers Quiz

From the morning Shema to the evening Shema, prayer provides structure for the Jewish day. How much do you know about liturgy and prayers for regular days, Shabbat, and holidays?

Question 1. What is unusual about the kaddish prayer?
 It does not mention God's name
 It is in Aramaic, not Hebrew
 It does not mention death
 All of the above
 None of the above


Question 2. The three pilgrimage festivals, as well as Hanukkah and Rosh Chodesh, are characterized by the joyous recitation of a group of psalms called what?
 Lekhah Dodi


Question 3. True or false: Setting the prayer liturgy to music is a 20th-century development.


Question 4. Which rabbi designated ten Psalms as having special power for healing?
 The Baal Shem Tov
 Rabbi Nahman of Braslav
 Rabbi Akiba


Question 5. Which of these is NOT a feature of services on Rosh Hashanah?
 The blowing of the Shofar
 The inclusion of liturgical poetry called piyyutim
 The recitation of the legend of Jewish martyrs
 The recitation of the prayer Avinu Malkenu


Question 6. Following Birkot HaShahar, which biblical story appears in traditional siddurim?
 Noah’s ark
 The tower of Babel
 The receiving of the Ten Commandments
 The binding of Isaac


Question 7. Which of these is NOT a feature of services on Yom Kippur?
 Hallel in Shaharit
 The Kol Nidrei service
 The recitation of the Book of Jonah
 A fifth service at the end of the day called Neilah


Question 8. Which is NOT true about Barkhu?
 It is the ceremonial call to worship by the prayer leader at the formal beginning of services
 It is included in the afternoon service, even though the Shema is not recited
 It recognizes that God is the source of all blessings
 It is recited while standing and only in the presence of a minyan