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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 name of the ceremony in which a baby boy is circumcised on his eighth day of life?
 Simchat Bat
 Brit Milah
 Bar Mitzvah


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. 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 4. 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 5. 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 6. Which is NOT a theme that is central in Jewish life?
 A covenantal relationship with God
 The relationship to past and future generations and one’s community
 The importance of recognizing that Judaism focuses around reincarnation
 The power of liturgy and ritual to sanctify and effect transformation


Question 7. 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 8. The bar mitzvah ceremony dates back to
 The Spanish Inquisition
 The fifth century
 The 14th century
 The destruction of the First Temple


Question 9. 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 10. Who is the person who usually performs the brit milah on a baby boy?
 The rabbi.
 The sandak.
 The mohel.
 The father.