Jewish Prayer Quiz

Jewish prayer has evolved from scattered supplications in the Bible to a vast, codified tradition today. How much do you know about Jewish prayer, synagogues, rabbis, and liturgy?

Question 1 of :

Qustion 1. How many times a day do traditional Jews pray?

One Three Four Five Ten

Qustion 2. What is a hazzan?

The spiritual leader of a synagogue The cantor The educational director All of the above None of the above

Qustion 3. In Temple times, what was the main role of the synagogue?

To provide a place to house communal guests To serve as a place of Jewish study and gathering To serve as a place to keep tallit and tefillin To provide sanctuary to people who needed a special place to talk to God

Qustion 4. Which of these are Hebrew terms for musical phrases and notes?

T'amim N'ginot Piyyutim A & B A & C

Qustion 5. According to the Talmud, who originated the minhah prayers?

Abraham Isaac Jacob Moses Sarah

Qustion 6. Which of these tasks is often NOT performed by modern rabbis?

Teaching religious texts Supervising the countless activities of the synagogue and its congregants Training children in preparation for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs by teaching them to read Torah and Haftarah Representing Jews and Judaism in the non-Jewish community

Qustion 7. Which sages first gave Jewish prayer its structure and basic contents?

Messianic Jews Haredim The Tannaim The latter prophets

Qustion 8. What can the study of Jewish prayer teach us?

Anthropology of the Jews, since prayers vary according to local customs, ethnic origins, and ideologies History of the Jews, since prayers come from different times and places Jewish theology All of these

Qustion 9. Why do Jews pray?

To reminds us of life's truths To connect us to other realms Because of a sense of obligation and purpose To achieve spiritual discipline All of these reasons

Qustion 10. True or false: While the “official” language of Jewish prayer is Hebrew, there are several Aramaic parts of the liturgy.

True False
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