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?

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Qustion 1. What is name of the ceremony in which first-born Jewish males are redeemed from the service of the ancient priests?

Pidyon HaBen Brit Milah Simhat Bat Bar Mitzvah

Qustion 2. For baby boys, when does the brit milah ceremony usually take place?

The day after the baby is born Eight days after the baby is born On the first Shabbat after the baby is born One month after the baby is born

Qustion 3. The sages of which period told stories about the merits of circumcision, and argued that circumcision could affect a man’s spiritual fate after his death?

The biblical period The Middle Ages The talmudic period The Renaissance

Qustion 4. True or false: Many Jewish parents give their child a secular name and a Hebrew name.

True False

Qustion 5. If a newborn baby’s mother is not Jewish, a traditional mohel will likely agree to perform the circumcision if it is “l’shem gerut,” which means what?

The baby will be raised in a Jewish home with a Jewish lifestyle The intention is that the baby will later be immersed in a mikveh to be converted to Judaism The mother agrees to convert to Judaism The local rabbi blesses the child first

Qustion 6. 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 7. What is the Hebrew word roughly translated as “godfather,” indicating an honor bestowed on a certain individual during the brit milah ceremony?

Kvatter Sandek Kvatterin Mohel

Qustion 8. Who usually performs the act of circumcision?

The Rabbi The Hazzan The Father The Mohel

Qustion 9. Additional details for the Pidyon HaBen ceremony appear in which text?

The Torah The Midrash The Mishnah The Book of Samuel

Qustion 10. 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
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