My Jewish Learning

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. 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 2. For baby boys, when does the brit milah ceremony usually take place?
 The day after the baby is born
 Eight days after the baby is born
 On the first Shabbat after the baby is born
 One month after the baby is born


Question 3. True or false: Many Jewish parents give their child a secular name and a Hebrew name.


Question 4. Which is NOT a traditional custom associated with brit milah?
 To light candles in the room where the brit is to take place
 To make sure a minyan is present at the brit, whenever possible
 To make a feast of fruits and beverages on the Friday night before the day that the brit takes place
 To wait until sunset to perform the brit


Question 5. 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 6. Which of these traditional Jewish names for boys is NOT biblical?


Question 7. Where does the practice of circumcision have its roots?
 In Abraham's circumcising the male members of his household
 In Abraham’s preparedness to sacrifice Isaac to God
 When God created Adam, the first man
 When God told Jacob to circumcise all twelve of his sons