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Newborn Ceremonies Quiz

The birth of a child is a momentous occasion for any family. How much do you know about Jewish ceremonies for new baby boys and girls?

Question 1. Which is NOT a sign associated in the Torah with divine-human covenant?
 Brit Milah
 The rainbow after the flood that Noah saw from his ark
 Eve eating from the Tree of Life


Question 2. What is the practice of circumcising baby boys called in Hebrew?
 Brit Banot
 Brit Milah
 Simhat Bat


Question 3. What does the Hebrew word brit mean?


Question 4. 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 5. If a newborn baby’s mother is not Jewish, a traditional mohel will likely agree to perform the circumcision if it is “l’shem gerut,” which means what?
 The baby will be raised in a Jewish home with a Jewish lifestyle
 The intention is that the baby will later be immersed in a mikveh to be converted to Judaism
 The mother agrees to convert to Judaism
 The local rabbi blesses the child first


Question 6. Additional details for the Pidyon HaBen ceremony appear in which text?
 The Torah
 The Midrash
 The Mishnah
 The Book of Samuel


Question 7. The sages of which period told stories about the merits of circumcision, and argued that circumcision could affect a man’s spiritual fate after his death?
 The biblical period
 The Middle Ages
 The talmudic period
 The Renaissance