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

 

Question 3. 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 4. What is Mujaderra?
 A Sephardic dish containing lentils and onions
 A Sephardic dish containing fish and rosewater
 A Sephardic dish made for mothers after they give birth
 A Sephardic dish served only at the meal of consolation after a funeral

 

Question 5. What does the word Mizrahi mean?
 Eastern
 Ancient
 Not One of Us
 Sephardic

 

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

 

Question 7. True/False: The oldest synagogue in the United States is a Sephardic synagogue.
 True
 False

 

Question 8. Which of these is a Sephardic language?
 Aramaic
 Ladino
 Yiddish
 Hebrew

 

Question 9. The Sephardic pronunciation of the Hebrew word for Sabbath is
 Shabbos
 Shabbat
 Shabta
 All of the above are acceptable Sephardic pronunciations

 

Question 10. 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