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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. 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


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


Question 3. When a Jewish infant is given a name, which traditional liturgy is recited?
 "As the child has entered the covenant, so may he/she enter the world of Torah, marriage, and the practice of good deeds"
 “Thou God of all flesh, father of orphans, be Thou a father unto him and he will be a son unto Thee. May his entering into the covenant be a comfort and a solace to his mother and all his family"
 "I will be sanctified among the children of Israel"
 "Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will take me in"


Question 4. In what decade was the publication of the first full-blown ceremony of welcoming, naming, and covenant for a baby girl?


Question 5. True or false: Many traditional Jewish families give a Hebrew or Yiddish name to a newborn daughter during a Torah-reading service at synagogue.


Question 6. What is the tradition of welcoming baby girls into the community called in some Sephardic communities?
 Zeved Habat
 Avi Habit
 Las Fadas


Question 7. Who is the person who is required, in traditional Jewish sources, to perform the brit milah on a baby boy?
 The rabbi.
 The sandak.
 The father.
 The baby himself.