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?

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Qustion 1. Which is NOT an element typically involved in a Jewish lifecycle ceremony?

Shofar blowing Blessings Sanctification over a cup of wine Symbolic purification and transformation through water

Qustion 2. There is a Jewish tradition to say how many blessings, or brakhot, a day?

At least one. 100. 18. 248.

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. Under normal circumstances, how long is a shiva?

3 days 7 days 8 days 9 days

Qustion 5. How are new Jewish rituals created?

By recovering traditions that have fallen into disuse By using an existing rite or blessing in a new context By drawing on traditional texts, symbols, images, and ritual objects to create an entirely new composition All of the above

Qustion 6. 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

Qustion 7. Who is the person who usually performs the brit milah on a baby boy?

The rabbi. The sandak. The mohel. The father.

Qustion 8. What blessing does a convert recite after immersion in the mikveh?

Blessed are You...who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us regarding immersion Blessed are you...who distinguishes between holy and profane, between the people of Israel and the other nations Blessed are You...who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us regarding conversion All of the above

Qustion 9. 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 10. 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
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