Lifecycle Ritual Quiz


Judaism has long focused on rituals for birth, marriage, and death, and contemporary communities have developed ways of acknowledging other major life events. How much do you know about these rituals?

Question 1 of :

Qustion 1. With whom was the covenant of circumcision first made?

Adam Abraham Moses King David

Qustion 2. What is the purpose of a welcoming ceremony for a new baby?

To represent the fulfillment of mitzvot--commandments or obligations--that require such ceremonies To initiate a lifetime of marking significant events in the context of tradition and community functions To link us to the Jewish past and commit us to a Jewish future All of the above

Qustion 3. In traditional Judaism, is one required to sit shiva for a miscarriage?

Yes. No. No, but one is required to say Kaddish.

Qustion 4. Which of these is NOT a way to make one's lifecycle event more ethical?

Avoid conspicuous consumption and overspending Invite as many rabbis as possible to the party Respect all guests and family members, especially in families split by divorce, or in blended families Donate a percentage of the cost of the celebration to a charity and making sure that left-over food is given to a food pantry or shelter

Qustion 5. True or false: Women have been the primary initiators of creative ritual in Judaism.

True False

Qustion 6. What is the tradition of welcoming baby girls into the community called in some Sephardic communities?

Avi Habit Pizmonim Zeved Habat Las Fadas

Qustion 7. What does the brit, or "covenant," refer to in the name "brit milah"?

A covenant between the child and his parents. A covenant between the child and the Jewish people. A covenant between the child and God. All of the above. None of the above.

Qustion 8. What is a ketubah?

A summons to appear before the Beit Din to discuss divorce A marriage agreement The written amount of money a woman gets for alimony A bill of divorce

Qustion 9. Under normal circumstances, how long is a shiva?

3 days 7 days 8 days 9 days

Qustion 10. Which of these is a new ceremony that has been created in connection to Kaddish?

A ceremony to mark the decision not to say Kaddish for an abusive parent A ceremony to mark the ability to say Kaddish in under one minute A ceremony to mark the end of the 11-month period of saying Kaddish for a parent A ceremony to mark the fourth month of reciting Kaddish
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