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


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


Question 6. What is the tradition of welcoming baby girls into the community called in some Sephardic communities?
 Avi Habit
 Zeved Habat
 Las Fadas


Question 7. 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 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. New Jewish lifecycle rituals have been created to mark which of these life events?
 Coming Out
 All of the above


Question 10. 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