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

 

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 a Sephardic language?
 Aramaic
 Ladino
 Yiddish
 Hebrew

 

Question 4. 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 5. Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews are the only Jewish ethnicities.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. True/False: The first Jews in America were Sephardim.
 True
 False

 

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. 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 9. True/False: The oldest synagogue in the United States is a Sephardic synagogue.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. Some sephardic communities have a special ceremony to celebrate
 When a girl reaches menses
 A pregnant woman
 When a baby learns to clap
 When a child first eats solid food