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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. What is the appropriate thing to say to someone after they have received an aliyah at a Sephardic synagogue?
 Barukh Hu
 Yashar Koach
 Hazak U'Barukh
 Nu?

 

Question 2. 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 3. Who is the current Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Israel?
 Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
 Rabbi Shlomo Amar
 Rabbi Yona Metzger
 Rabbi Moses ben Maimon

 

Question 4. 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 5. On Passover Sephardic halakhah allows one to eat which of the following foods?
 Rice
 Corn
 Lentils
 All of the above

 

Question 6. 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 7. What geographical region does the term "Ashkenazic" literally refer to?
 Poland
 Russia
 Tunisia
 Germany

 

Question 8. The word sepharad refers to which country?
 Portugal
 Spain
 Tunisia
 Egypt

 

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

 

Question 10. What does the word Mizrahi mean?
 Eastern
 Ancient
 Not One of Us
 Sephardic