My Jewish Learning

Lifecycle Ritual Quiz

Judaism 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 is NOT a theme that is central in Jewish life?
 A covenantal relationship with God
 The relationship to past and future generations and one’s community
 The importance of recognizing that Judaism focuses around reincarnation
 The power of liturgy and ritual to sanctify and effect transformation


Question 2. When does an aufruf ("calling up") traditionally take place?
 The morning of the couple's wedding.
 The day before the wedding.
 The Sabbath preceding the wedding.
 The final time the couple sees each other before the wedding.


Question 3. True or false: A rabbi is required to perform a marriage ceremony.


Question 4. On a Sabbath preceding his wedding, the groom has (and in liberal congregations, the bride and groom both have) a/an


Question 5. What is the name of the ceremony in which a baby boy is circumcised on his eighth day of life?
 Simchat Bat
 Brit Milah
 Bar Mitzvah


Question 6. Who writes the get in the Jewish divorce ritual?
 A rabbi
 A scribe
 A secular legal official
 The husband


Question 7. Which prayer is at the end of the deathbed viddui ceremony?
 The Amidah
 Adon Olam


Question 8. True or false: Women have been the primary initiators of creative ritual in Judaism.


Question 9. What is the minimum age for a girl to have a bat mitzvah?


Question 10. Which is NOT an element typically involved in a Jewish lifecycle ceremony?
 Shofar blowing
 Sanctification over a cup of wine
 Symbolic purification and transformation through water