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. True or false: Women have been the primary initiators of creative ritual in Judaism.
Question 2. 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 3. What is the name of the ceremony in which a baby boy is circumcised on his eighth day of life?
Question 4. Under normal circumstances, how long is a shiva?
Question 5. Which of these biblical characters did NOT have a circumcision?
Question 6. How are new Jewish rituals created?
By recovering traditions that have fallen into disuse
By using an existing rite or blessing in a new context
By drawing on traditional texts, symbols, images, and ritual objects to create an entirely new composition
All of the above
Question 7. On what day does Jewish mystical tradition consider conception of a child to be particularly holy?
The New Moon
Question 8. True or false: A rabbi is required to perform a marriage ceremony.
Question 9. In traditional Judaism, is one required to sit shiva for a miscarriage?
No, but one is required to say Kaddish.
Question 10. Which of the following lifecycle events does not have a prescribed traditional ritual for observance?
A boy's birth