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 contemporary value has been the most powerful force for changing the traditional Jewish wedding ceremony?
Concern about global warming
Question 2. Which of these biblical characters did NOT have a circumcision?
Question 3. Who is the person who usually performs the brit milah on a baby boy?
Question 4. True or false: Women have been the primary initiators of creative ritual in Judaism.
Question 5. What is a ketubah?
A summons to appear before the Beit Din to discuss divorce
A marriage agreement
The written amount of money a woman gets for alimony
A bill of divorce
Question 6. What is the tradition of welcoming baby girls into the community called in some Sephardic communities?
Question 7. 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 8. What is the name of the ceremony in which a baby boy is circumcised on his eighth day of life?
Question 9. 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 10. True or false: Traditionally, every Jewish lifecycle ritual is infused with a seudah, or a ritual celebratory meal.