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. Which of these statements best describes the stance of the organized Jewish community vis-a-vis interfaith families?
 Interfaith families are viewed with suspicion
 Interfaith families are actively recruited for all aspects of Jewish communal affiliation
 Some people/institutions embrace interfaith families in hopes the children will become active in the Jewish community; others are less welcoming
 The organized Jewish community does not concern itself with interfaith families

 

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 prevalent symbol of a Jewish home?
 A Torah scroll
 A set of Talmud
 Kosher pots and pans
 A mezuzah

 

Question 4. What percentage of intermarried couples raise their children as Jews?
 10
 30
 60
 80

 

Question 5. Which of these Jewish legal issues is NOT relevant to home life?
 Kashrut
 Marital relations
 Blessings over food
 None of the above

 

Question 6. What is a herem?
 A ban imposed on an individual to separate him/her from the other members of the community
 A space set aside for women
 A Jewish communal leader
 An expression of religious tolerance and diversity

 

Question 7. 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