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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 of these events, in traditional Judaism, will prematurely end a shiva?
 Rosh Hashanah
 Yom Kippur
 All of the above.
 None of the above.


Question 2. 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 3. There is a Jewish tradition to say how many blessings, or brakhot, a day?
 At least one.


Question 4. Which prayer is at the end of the deathbed viddui ceremony?
 The Amidah
 Adon Olam


Question 5. 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 6. With whom was the covenant of circumcision first made?
 King David


Question 7. Which of these biblical characters did NOT have a circumcision?


Question 8. Who is the person who is required, in traditional Jewish sources, to perform the brit milah on a baby boy?
 The rabbi.
 The sandak.
 The father.
 The baby himself.


Question 9. On what day does Jewish mystical tradition consider conception of a child to be particularly holy?
 Rosh Hashanah
 Yom Kippur
 The New Moon


Question 10. 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