Lifecycle Ritual QuizJudaism 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?
Concern about global warming
Question 4. Who is the person who usually performs the brit milah on a baby boy?
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?
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?
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?
Sanctification over a cup of wine
Symbolic purification and transformation through water