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

 

Question 2. What is the name of the Moroccan feast held immediately after Passover?
 Mazel tov
 Shehekhiyanu
 Molad
 Maimouna

 

Question 3. 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 4. True/False: The first Jews in America were Sephardim.
 True
 False

 

Question 5. Which of these is a Sephardic language?
 Aramaic
 Ladino
 Yiddish
 Hebrew

 

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

 

Question 7. 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

 

Question 8. Which of the following great Jewish thinkers was Sephardic?
 Rabbi Moshe Isserles
 The Hofetz Hayim
 Maimonides
 Rabbi Moshe Soloveitchik

 

Question 9. Which of the following is not one of the three main classifications of Jews?
 Priests
 Levites
 Israelim
 Karaites

 

Question 10. The word sepharad refers to which country?
 Portugal
 Spain
 Tunisia
 Egypt