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?

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Qustion 1. 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 2. How many men are needed to form a traditional prayer quorum?

7 10 13 15

Qustion 3. According to the Talmud, who originated the minhah prayers?

Abraham Isaac Jacob Moses Sarah

Qustion 4. Which prayer, which refers to the "houses of Israel," is recited upon entering the synagogue?

Shema Mah Tovu Amidah Aleinu

Qustion 5. True or false: Traditional Jewish men recite a blessing each morning for "not making me a woman."

True False

Qustion 6. Which is NOT a traditional feature of synagogue design?

A lectern for the leader of the service A "Holy Ark" in which Torah scrolls are kept Seating arranged facing Jerusalem An organ on the bimah to accompany the hazzan

Qustion 7. What is a niggun?

A wordless melody A musical motif that is utilized in various combinations when chanting prayers The specific tune for chanting the Torah Selections from Psalms, sung on Friday night

Qustion 8. 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 9. What is NOT part of the traditional liturgy arranged by the Tannaim?

The twice-daily recitation of the Shema "The Prayer" of 18 blessings, also known as the Amidah The recitation every morning of Modeh Ani Public Torah reading

Qustion 10. Which of these are Hebrew terms for musical phrases and notes?

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