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


Question 3. When is the ceremony of hatafat dam brit performed?
 The day after a baby is born
 The day before a boy’s Bar Mitzvah
 For an adult male convert prior to conversion
 The day before a man’s wedding


Question 4. 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 5. What does the Hebrew word brit mean?


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. 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