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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. Who is the person who is required, in traditional Jewish sources, to perform the brit milah on a baby boy?
 The rabbi.
 The sandak.
 The father.
 The baby himself.


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. True or false: Circumcision is not required in most communities to convert a baby boy.


Question 4. When a Jewish infant is given a name, which traditional liturgy is recited?
 "As the child has entered the covenant, so may he/she enter the world of Torah, marriage, and the practice of good deeds"
 “Thou God of all flesh, father of orphans, be Thou a father unto him and he will be a son unto Thee. May his entering into the covenant be a comfort and a solace to his mother and all his family"
 "I will be sanctified among the children of Israel"
 "Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will take me in"


Question 5. What does the Hebrew word brit mean?


Question 6. What is the Hebrew word roughly translated as “godfather,” indicating an honor bestowed on a certain individual during the brit milah ceremony?


Question 7. 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