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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. What does the Hebrew word brit mean?


Question 2. True or false: Kalman and Zelig are Hebrew names.


Question 3. The sages of which period told stories about the merits of circumcision, and argued that circumcision could affect a manís spiritual fate after his death?
 The biblical period
 The Middle Ages
 The talmudic period
 The Renaissance


Question 4. Additional details for the Pidyon HaBen ceremony appear in which text?
 The Torah
 The Midrash
 The Mishnah
 The Book of Samuel


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


Question 7. In what decade was the publication of the first full-blown ceremony of welcoming, naming, and covenant for a baby girl?