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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. In which part of the daily service includes the act of "fall on their face" "(nefilat apayim," literally "fall on one's face")?


Question 2. What is the Yom Kippur service that refers to the symbolic closing of the gates of heaven?


Question 3. 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 4. 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


Question 5. Which rabbi designated ten Psalms as having special power for healing?
 The Baal Shem Tov
 Rabbi Nahman of Braslav
 Rabbi Akiba


Question 6. What letter of the Hebrew alphabet is missing from Ashrei, an acrostic psalm?


Question 7. The Kaddish prayer is in what language?


Question 8. Which of these Hebrew prayer words means "world" or "eternity"?