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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. The Jewish conversion process reflects which historical process?
 When Abraham circumcised himself
 When Noah accepted a covenant with God in the form of a rainbow
 When babies were accepted into the Jewish community by the Temple priests
 When the Israelites became God's people and accepted God's covenant at Sinai


Question 2. True or false: Women have been the primary initiators of creative ritual in Judaism.


Question 3. Which contemporary value has been the most powerful force for changing the traditional Jewish wedding ceremony?
 Relative morality
 Socioeconomic diversity
 Concern about global warming


Question 4. 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 5. Which prayer is at the end of the deathbed viddui ceremony?
 The Amidah
 Adon Olam


Question 6. What is the tradition of welcoming baby girls into the community called in some Sephardic communities?
 Avi Habit
 Zeved Habat
 Las Fadas


Question 7. 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 8. On a Sabbath preceding his wedding, the groom has (and in liberal congregations, the bride and groom both have) a/an


Question 9. With whom was the covenant of circumcision first made?
 King David


Question 10. What blessing does a convert recite after immersion in the mikveh?
 Blessed are You...who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us regarding immersion
 Blessed are you...who distinguishes between holy and profane, between the people of Israel and the other nations
 Blessed are You...who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us regarding conversion
 All of the above