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. Who usually performs the act of circumcision?

The Rabbi The Hazzan The Father The Mohel

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. Which is NOT a sign associated in the Torah with divine-human covenant?

Brit Milah Shabbat The rainbow after the flood that Noah saw from his ark Eve eating from the Tree of Life

Qustion 4. 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 5. 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

Qustion 6. 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 7. 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 8. True or false: Kalman and Zelig are Hebrew names.

True False

Qustion 9. 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 10. 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
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