Lifecycle Ritual QuizJudaism has long focused on rituals for birth, marriage, and death, and contemporary communities have developed ways of acknowledging other major life events. How much do you know about these rituals?
Question 1. Which of these is a new ceremony that has been created in connection to Kaddish?
A ceremony to mark the decision not to say Kaddish for an abusive parent
A ceremony to mark the ability to say Kaddish in under one minute
A ceremony to mark the end of the 11-month period of saying Kaddish for a parent
A ceremony to mark the fourth month of reciting Kaddish
Question 2. Which prayer is at the end of the deathbed viddui ceremony?
Question 3. Which of these events, in traditional Judaism, will prematurely end a shiva?
All of the above.
None of the above.
Question 4. The bar mitzvah ceremony dates back to
The Spanish Inquisition
The fifth century
The 14th century
The destruction of the First Temple
Question 5. With whom was the covenant of circumcision first made?
Question 6. True or false: Traditionally, every Jewish lifecycle ritual is infused with a seudah, or a ritual celebratory meal.
Question 7. Lifecycle events are often marked with an appropriate contribution of tzedakah, which is what?
Planting a tree in Israel
Participation in the Jewish community to help plan an event
Participation in the synagogue through reading Torah
Question 8. Which of these biblical characters did NOT have a circumcision?
Question 9. Why can the development of new rituals be deeply problematic for some traditional Jews?
Concerns are raised about the need to follow authentically in the footsteps of our sages
There is a belief that an appropriate liturgical conservatism is necessary
Some traditional Jews value the requirements of tradition more than the needs of the individuals
All of the above
Question 10. What is the minimum age for a girl to have a bat mitzvah?