Newborn Ceremonies QuizThe 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 Hebrew word brit mean?
Question 2. True or false: Kalman and Zelig are Hebrew names.
Question 3. The sages of which period told stories about the merits of circumcision, and argued that circumcision could affect a manís spiritual fate after his death?
The biblical period
The Middle Ages
The talmudic period
Question 4. Additional details for the Pidyon HaBen ceremony appear in which text?
The Book of Samuel
Question 5. What is the purpose of a welcoming ceremony for a new baby?
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
To represent the fulfillment of mitzvot--commandments or obligations--that require such ceremonies
All of the above
Question 6. Which Jews have the custom of naming a baby after deceased family members?
Question 7. In what decade was the publication of the first full-blown ceremony of welcoming, naming, and covenant for a baby girl?