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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. On Yom Kippur, we read a long medieval poem that describes in gruesome detail the deaths of famous rabbis during ancient Roman persecutions. What is this prayer called?
 Avodah
 Shaharit
 Kaparot
 Martyrology

 

Question 3. 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 4. True or false: Some of the Psalms are included in the daily prayer liturgy.
 True
 False

 

Question 5. True or false: In the Conservative Siddur Sim Shalom, two parallel openings of the Amidah prayer appear, one with the traditional reference to the patriarchs, and another including the matriarchs as well.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. Which book of the Torah is the first line of the Shema prayer taken from?
 Genesis
 Exodus
 Leviticus
 Numbers
 Deuteronomy

 

Question 7. 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 8. In most communities, how many days in a normal, non-holiday week is the Torah read?
 One.
 Three.
 Four.
 Every day.
 Every day, as long as there is a minyan.