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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 bar mitzvah ceremony dates back to
 The Spanish Inquisition
 The fifth century
 The 14th century
 The destruction of the First Temple


Question 2. New Jewish lifecycle rituals have been created to mark which of these life events?
 Coming Out
 All of the above


Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. True or false: Traditionally, every Jewish lifecycle ritual is infused with a seudah, or a ritual celebratory meal.


Question 6. What is the minimum age for a girl to have a bat mitzvah?


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


Question 10. Which of these biblical characters did NOT have a circumcision?