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. On what day does Jewish mystical tradition consider conception of a child to be particularly holy?

Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur Shabbat The New Moon

Qustion 2. Who is the person who is required, in traditional Jewish sources, to perform the brit milah on a baby boy?

The rabbi. The sandak. The father. The baby himself.

Qustion 3. True or false: A rabbi is required to perform a marriage ceremony.

True False

Qustion 4. When does an aufruf ("calling up") traditionally take place?

The morning of the couple's wedding. The day before the wedding. The Sabbath preceding the wedding. The final time the couple sees each other before the wedding.

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

True False

Qustion 6. On a Sabbath preceding his wedding, the groom has (and in liberal congregations, the bride and groom both have) a/an

Bedeken Tisch Huppah Aufruf

Qustion 7. 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 8. 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 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 name of the ceremony in which a baby boy is circumcised on his eighth day of life?

Simchat Bat Brit Milah Bar Mitzvah Aufruf
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