Newborn Ceremonies QuizThe 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. 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 2. Which Jews have the custom of naming a baby after deceased family members?
Question 3. 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 4. Which is NOT a sign associated in the Torah with divine-human covenant?
The rainbow after the flood that Noah saw from his ark
Eve eating from the Tree of Life
Question 5. 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
Question 6. 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 7. In what decade was the publication of the first full-blown ceremony of welcoming, naming, and covenant for a baby girl?