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


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. Who usually performs the act of circumcision?
 The Rabbi
 The Hazzan
 The Father
 The Mohel


Question 7. True or false: Many Jewish parents give their child a secular name and a Hebrew name.