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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. When a Torah scroll is removed from the ark, what does the congregation chant?
 "Turn us to you, O Lord, and we will return. Renew our days as of old"
 "Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord alone"
 "From Zion shall come forth the Torah, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem"
 "Praise the Lord who is blessed!"

 

Question 2. 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

 

Question 3. What letter of the Hebrew alphabet is missing from Ashrei, an acrostic psalm?
 Aleph
 Vav
 Nun
 Tet

 

Question 4. Which book of the Torah is the first line of the Shema prayer taken from?
 Genesis
 Exodus
 Leviticus
 Numbers
 Deuteronomy

 

Question 5. On Shabbat, the weekly Torah reading is divided into how many sections, or aliyot?
 Four
 Three
 Six
 Seven

 

Question 6. 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 7. Which rabbi designated ten Psalms as having special power for healing?
 The Baal Shem Tov
 Rabbi Nahman of Braslav
 Hillel
 Rabbi Akiba

 

Question 8. Tehines are special prayers for which group of people?
 Those younger than bar or bat mitzvah age
 Women
 Yeshiva students
 Orthodox Jews