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Sephardic Judaism Quiz

Sephardic Jews have a rich history, and over time they have developed their own traditions, customs, and laws. How much do you know about Sephardic Jewry?



Question 1. Which of these is a notable feature of some Sephardic Torah scrolls?
 It is read in an upright position, instead of lying down on a table
 It is a lose scroll with no cover or wood posts
 It is written on the parchment in both Hebrew and Aramaic
 It is read under glass so as not to harm the parchment

 

Question 2. Which of these famous American Jewish poets was Sephardic?
 Emma Lazarus
 Samuel Menashe
 Phillip Levine
 Allen Ginsburg

 

Question 3. Which of these is not a Sephardic holiday custom?
 Whipping each other with scallions on Passover
 Eating rice and legumes on Passover
 Singing the "Had Gadya" song
 Eating a series of special foods as omens for a good new year

 

Question 4. What geographical region does the term "Ashkenazic" literally refer to?
 Poland
 Russia
 Tunisia
 Germany

 

Question 5. The Sephardic pronunciation of the Hebrew word for Sabbath is
 Shabbos
 Shabbat
 Shabta
 All of the above are acceptable Sephardic pronunciations

 

Question 6. Which of these is a Sephardic language?
 Aramaic
 Ladino
 Yiddish
 Hebrew

 

Question 7. True or false: The terms Converso, Marrano, New Christian, and Crypto-Jew are all intermittently applied to describe the same group of people.
 True
 False

 

Question 8. At what point in the service do Sephardic Jews display the Torah scroll to the congregation?
 Before the Torah service
 After the Torah service
 Between the second and third aliyot
 At the end of the musaf service

 

Question 9. Which of these countries is not considered part of the Sephardic diaspora
 Egypt
 Turkey
 Tunisia
 Belarus

 

Question 10. On Passover Sephardic halakhah allows one to eat which of the following foods?
 Rice
 Corn
 Lentils
 All of the above