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Weddings Quiz

When planning a Jewish wedding, there are laws and traditions concerning everything from the engagement, to the procession, to the week after the wedding. How much do you know about Jewish weddings?

Question 1. Why is Tuesday considered an especially auspicious day for a wedding? Which one is right?
 Because in the Creation Story, God mentioned twice that the day is good
 Because people have recovered from the weekend
 Because the Ten Commandments were delivered on a Tuesday
 Because the Temple was completed on a Tuesday


Question 2. True or false: A rabbi is required to perform a marriage ceremony.


Question 3. On a Sabbath preceding his wedding, the groom has (and in liberal congregations, the bride and groom both have) a/an


Question 4. In talmudic times, the ketubah was written in what language?


Question 5. The origins of the kiddushin (betrothal ceremony) are found in the
 Halakhic Codes


Question 6. Which of these statements about yihud (seclusion) is true?
 In the yihud room, a couple is alone for a period of time immediately following their marriage ceremony
 Qualified witnesses must attest that the couple was secluded in the yihud room
 Couples eat a small meal in the yihud room, and if they are fasting, will break their fast.
 All of the above


Question 7. Some people believe that Tuesday is a particularly good day for a Jewish wedding because
 In Genesis, on the third day of creation, the phrase "... and God saw that it was good" appears twice
 It’s cheaper than a wedding on a weekend
 Any day during the week is fine, as long as the wedding isn’t on Shabbat
 To avoid two members of the family getting married on the same day


Question 8. The word ketubah comes from the Hebrew word for what?
 To love
 To party
 To bless
 To write


Question 9. True or false: Tenaim, the ceremony where the couple signs the conditions of marriage, is required by Jewish law.


Question 10. On which of these dates is a wedding NOT traditionally prohibited?
 Yom Ha’atzmaut
 Fast of Esther