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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. What is the purpose of a welcoming ceremony for a new baby?
 To represent the fulfillment of mitzvot--commandments or obligations--that require such ceremonies
 To initiate a lifetime of marking significant events in the context of tradition and community functions
 To link us to the Jewish past and commit us to a Jewish future
 All of the above


Question 2. 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 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. Who is the person who usually performs the brit milah on a baby boy?
 The rabbi.
 The sandak.
 The mohel.
 The father.


Question 5. Why can the development of new rituals be deeply problematic for some traditional Jews?
 Concerns are raised about the need to follow authentically in the footsteps of our sages
 There is a belief that an appropriate liturgical conservatism is necessary
 Some traditional Jews value the requirements of tradition more than the needs of the individuals
 All of the above


Question 6. Which prayer is at the end of the deathbed viddui ceremony?
 The Amidah
 Adon Olam


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


Question 8. On what day does Jewish mystical tradition consider conception of a child to be particularly holy?
 Rosh Hashanah
 Yom Kippur
 The New Moon


Question 9. True or false: A rabbi is required to perform a marriage ceremony.


Question 10. Which is NOT an element typically involved in a Jewish lifecycle ceremony?
 Shofar blowing
 Sanctification over a cup of wine
 Symbolic purification and transformation through water