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


Question 2. What does the brit, or "covenant," refer to in the name "brit milah"?
 A covenant between the child and his parents.
 A covenant between the child and the Jewish people.
 A covenant between the child and God.
 All of the above.
 None of the above.


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


Question 5. On a Sabbath preceding his wedding, the groom has (and in liberal congregations, the bride and groom both have) a/an


Question 6. 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


Question 7. What is the tradition of welcoming baby girls into the community called in some Sephardic communities?
 Avi Habit
 Zeved Habat
 Las Fadas


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