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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 geographical region does the term "Ashkenazic" literally refer to?
 Poland
 Russia
 Tunisia
 Germany

 

Question 2. According to Sephardic custom when visiting a shiva house one should be sure to visit
 One time or three times
 Twice
 Only on the seventh day
 Late at night

 

Question 3. Which of the following great Jewish thinkers was Sephardic?
 Rabbi Moshe Isserles
 The Hofetz Hayim
 Maimonides
 Rabbi Moshe Soloveitchik

 

Question 4. What country were Sephardic Jews expelled from in 1492?
 Spain
 Portugal
 The Netherlands
 England

 

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

 

Question 6. 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 7. Which of these famous American Jewish poets was Sephardic?
 Emma Lazarus
 Samuel Menashe
 Phillip Levine
 Allen Ginsburg

 

Question 8. 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 9. 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 10. The word sepharad refers to which country?
 Portugal
 Spain
 Tunisia
 Egypt