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


Question 3. 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 4. What is the minimum age for a girl to have a bat mitzvah?


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. When does an aufruf ("calling up") traditionally take place?
 The morning of the couple's wedding.
 The day before the wedding.
 The Sabbath preceding the wedding.
 The final time the couple sees each other before the wedding.


Question 7. Which of the following lifecycle events does not have a prescribed traditional ritual for observance?
 A boy's birth


Question 8. Which prayer is at the end of the deathbed viddui ceremony?
 The Amidah
 Adon Olam


Question 9. Which of these is NOT a way to make one's lifecycle event more ethical?
 Avoid conspicuous consumption and overspending
 Invite as many rabbis as possible to the party
 Respect all guests and family members, especially in families split by divorce, or in blended families
 Donate a percentage of the cost of the celebration to a charity and making sure that left-over food is given to a food pantry or shelter


Question 10. With whom was the covenant of circumcision first made?
 King David