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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. What does the brit, or "covenant," refer to in the name "brit milah"?
 A covenant between the child and his parents.
 A covenant between the child and the Jewish people.
 A covenant between the child and God.
 All of the above
 None of the above


Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. True or false: Many Jewish parents give their child a secular name and a Hebrew name.


Question 6. In what decade was the publication of the first full-blown ceremony of welcoming, naming, and covenant for a baby girl?


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