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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. 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 2. Who usually performs the act of circumcision?
 The Rabbi
 The Hazzan
 The Father
 The Mohel


Question 3. What does the Hebrew word brit mean?


Question 4. 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 5. True or false: Circumcision is not required in most communities to convert a baby boy.


Question 6. Under what circumstances does a new baby NOT require a brit milah?
 If the baby is adopted
 If the baby was conceived through IVF
 If the baby is a girl
 If the baby is his mother's first-born child


Question 7. True or false: Many traditional Jewish families give a Hebrew or Yiddish name to a newborn daughter during a Torah-reading service at synagogue.