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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. 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?
 Simchat Bat
 Brit Milah
 Bar Mitzvah


Question 4. Under normal circumstances, how long is a shiva?
 3 days
 7 days
 8 days
 9 days


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?
 Rosh Hashanah
 Yom Kippur
 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