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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. 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.

 

Question 3. Which rabbi designated ten Psalms as having special power for healing?
 The Baal Shem Tov
 Rabbi Nahman of Braslav
 Hillel
 Rabbi Akiba

 

Question 4. What is the afternoon service called?
 Hallel
 Yizkor
 Minhah
 Maariv

 

Question 5. The three pilgrimage festivals, as well as Hanukkah and Rosh Chodesh, are characterized by the joyous recitation of a group of psalms called what?
 Yizkor
 Hallel
 Lekhah Dodi
 Neilah

 

Question 6. What does Amidah literally mean?
 Praying
 Standing
 Silence
 Blessings

 

Question 7. Birkot HaShahar are blessings for what time of day?
 Morning
 Meal-time
 Afternoon
 Evening

 

Question 8. 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