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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 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 2. Birkot HaShahar are blessings for what time of day?


Question 3. 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 4. Which of these Hebrew prayer words means "world" or "eternity"?


Question 5. What letter of the Hebrew alphabet is missing from Ashrei, an acrostic psalm?


Question 6. Which of these prayers are the focus of the morning service?
 Hinei Ma-tov and Aleinu
 Ashrei and Adon Olam
 Shema and the Amidah
 Barkhu and P'sukei d'Zimrah


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


Question 8. True or false: A minyan has always referred to a gathering of exactly ten people.