Newborn Ceremonies Quiz


The birth of a child is a momentous occasion for any family. How much do you know about Jewish ceremonies for new baby boys and girls?

Question 1 of :

Qustion 1. Under what circumstances does a new baby NOT require a brit milah?

If the baby is adopted If the baby was conceived through IVF If the baby is a girl If the baby is his mother's first-born child

Qustion 2. True or false: Kalman and Zelig are Hebrew names.

True False

Qustion 3. In what decade was the publication of the first full-blown ceremony of welcoming, naming, and covenant for a baby girl?

1970s 1920s 1870s 2000s

Qustion 4. What is the practice of circumcising baby boys called in Hebrew?

Brit Banot Brit Milah Simhat Bat Aufruf

Qustion 5. True or false: Many traditional Jewish families give a Hebrew or Yiddish name to a newborn daughter during a Torah-reading service at synagogue.

True False

Qustion 6. 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 7. When is the Pidyon HaBen ceremony NOT performed?

For a first-born son who was delivered by cesarean section For a first-born son born to a mother who has miscarried in the past For a first-born son delivered in a natural birth A & B A & C

Qustion 8. 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 9. Where does the practice of circumcision have its roots?

In Abraham's circumcising the male members of his household In Abraham’s preparedness to sacrifice Isaac to God When God created Adam, the first man When God told Jacob to circumcise all twelve of his sons

Qustion 10. What is the purpose of a welcoming ceremony for a new baby?

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 To represent the fulfillment of mitzvot--commandments or obligations--that require such ceremonies All of the above
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