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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 Sephardic language?


Question 2. Which of the following is not one of the three main classifications of Jews?


Question 3. True/False: The oldest synagogue in the United States is a Sephardic synagogue.


Question 4. Which of these countries is not considered part of the Sephardic diaspora


Question 5. 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 6. Unlike their Ashkenazi brethren, Sephardic Jews eat what on Passover
 Rice, millet and legumes, known as kitniyot
 Bread, bagels and crackers, known as taim
 Fresh fruits and vegetables, known as yarok


Question 7. Which of these famous American Jewish poets was Sephardic?
 Emma Lazarus
 Samuel Menashe
 Phillip Levine
 Allen Ginsburg


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. A Sephardic custom turns which of the following rituals into a joyful party?
 Going to the mikveh before marriage
 Going to the hospital to give birth
 Going to the cemetery to visit a grave
 Going to the beit din for a divorce


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