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 biblical characters did NOT have a circumcision?
Question 2. What does the brit, or "covenant," refer to in the name "brit milah"?
A covenant between the child and his parents.
A covenant between the child and the Jewish people.
A covenant between the child and God.
All of the above.
None of the above.
Question 3. Which contemporary value has been the most powerful force for changing the traditional Jewish wedding ceremony?
Concern about global warming
Question 4. True or false: Traditionally, every Jewish lifecycle ritual is infused with a seudah, or a ritual celebratory meal.
Question 5. On a Sabbath preceding his wedding, the groom has (and in liberal congregations, the bride and groom both have) a/an
Question 6. Which is NOT an element typically involved in a Jewish lifecycle ceremony?
Sanctification over a cup of wine
Symbolic purification and transformation through water
Question 7. What is the tradition of welcoming baby girls into the community called in some Sephardic communities?
Question 8. In new lifecycle rituals, it is common to include the blessing which thanks God
For sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season
For having given of His glory to flesh and blood
Who commanded us to study words of Torah
Who remembers the covenant, and is faithful to God's covenant, and keeps God's promise
Question 9. 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 10. Who is the person who usually performs the brit milah on a baby boy?