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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 Jews have the custom of naming a baby after deceased family members?
 Sephardic Jews
 Ashkenazic Jews
 Mizrahi Jews


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. The sages of which period told stories about the merits of circumcision, and argued that circumcision could affect a man’s spiritual fate after his death?
 The biblical period
 The Middle Ages
 The talmudic period
 The Renaissance


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


Question 5. 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 6. When is the Pidyon HaBen ceremony NOT performed?
 For a first-born son who was delivered by cesarean section
 For a first-born son born to a mother who has miscarried in the past
 For a first-born son delivered in a natural birth
 A & B
 A & C


Question 7. What is the Hebrew word roughly translated as “godfather,” indicating an honor bestowed on a certain individual during the brit milah ceremony?