My Jewish Learning

Building a Jewish Home Quiz

A Jewish home has many unique features, and it is a key space for Jewish identity formation in families. How much do you know about Jewish home and family practices, rituals, and demographics?



Question 1. Why is nurturing a family considered of utmost importance in Jewish tradition?
 Because the first mitzvah in the Torah relates to having children
 Because creating a family has a lasting impact on the greater community
 Because having children and instilling Jewish values in them is seen as a counterbalance to the shrinking Jewish populace
 All of the above

 

Question 2. What is a ba'al teshuvah?
 An aging parent
 A person who regularly leads prayers in synagogue
 A person who becomes more Jewishly observant
 A convert to Judaism

 

Question 3. What is the most famous biblical example of adoption?
 Abraham adopts Isaac
 Mordecai adopts Esther
 Boaz adopts Ruth
 Moses adopts Aaron

 

Question 4. True or false: Gay and lesbian couples are finding contemporary Jewish communities to be increasingly accepting of them, and they are adopting children and raising them within the Jewish community.
 True
 False

 

Question 5. True or false: A higher percentage of Jewish men than Jewish women marry a non-Jewish partner.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. According to researchers Steven M. Cohen and Arnold M. Eisen, couples with different levels of Jewish observance
 Have a higher divorce rate than the rest of the population
 Almost always eat in non-kosher restaurants on vacation
 Tend to become less observant when they have children
 Often compromise on a level of kashrut that is mutually workable in the home, but observe Shabbat in different ways

 

Question 7. What does a mezuzah contain?
 A small parchment scroll
 A chai charm
 The text of the Jewish wedding contract
 An Aramaic chant