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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. Which of these Hebrew prayer words means "world" or "eternity"?
 Barukh
 Melekh
 Olam
 Ha-aretz

 

Question 2. Except on Mondays and Thursdays, Tahanun (the supplication prayer) begins with a reference to which biblical figure?
 Moses
 King David
 King Solomon
 Joseph

 

Question 3. In which part of the daily service includes the act of "fall on their face" "(nefilat apayim," literally "fall on one's face")?
 Amidah
 Tahanun
 Aleinu
 Kedushah
 Ashrei

 

Question 4. How many blessings are in the modern Shemoneh Esrei?
 10
 18
 19
 36
 100

 

Question 5. What does the word siddur mean?
 Prayer
 Order
 Length
 Services

 

Question 6. What prayer is only recited in the morning, with the exception of the night of the Passover seder?
 Shemoneh Esrei
 Shema
 Hallel
 Barchu
 Ain Keloheinu

 

Question 7. On Shabbat, the weekly Torah reading is divided into how many sections, or aliyot?
 Four
 Three
 Six
 Seven

 

Question 8. Which of these is not a normal movement used during Jewish prayer?
 Taking three steps back, then three steps forward
 Bending the knees and bowing
 Folding the hands together, pointed upwards
 Swaying from side to side