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

 

Question 3. Which of the following is not one of the three main classifications of Jews?
 Priests
 Levites
 Israelim
 Karaites

 

Question 4. What does the word Mizrahi mean?
 Eastern
 Ancient
 Not One of Us
 Sephardic

 

Question 5. Which of the following is a Sephardic custom for the Passover seder?
 Making animal sounds during Had Gadya
 Throwing matzah balls during the meal
 Picking up the seder plate and holding it over everyone’s heads during Ha Lahma Anya
 Dressing up as Pharaoh and then changing into a Moses costume halfway through the meal

 

Question 6. 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 7. 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
 Fish

 

Question 8. True/False: The oldest synagogue in the United States is a Sephardic synagogue.
 True
 False

 

Question 9. Which of these countries is not considered part of the Sephardic diaspora
 Egypt
 Turkey
 Tunisia
 Belarus

 

Question 10. How many days do Sephardim say selichot before the High Holidays?
 2
 7
 12
 30