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. What is name of the ceremony in which first-born Jewish males are redeemed from the service of the ancient priests?
Question 2. Who is the person who is required, in traditional Jewish sources, to perform the brit milah on a baby boy?
The baby himself.
Question 3. Additional details for the Pidyon HaBen ceremony appear in which text?
The Book of Samuel
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. 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 6. 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
Question 7. 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