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. 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 2. 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 3. Which of these Jewish ritual items represents the home?
 Shofar
 Huppah
 Seder plate
 Menorah

 

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. What is the first mitzvah in the Torah?
 Be fruitful and multiply
 Honor your father and mother
 Love your neighbor as yourself
 Turn the other cheek

 

Question 6. According to the National Jewish Population Survey of 1990, what was the most common Jewish American household?
 One adult Jew living alone
 Two adult Jews living with one child
 Two adult Jews living with two or three children
 One adult Jew living with one adult non-Jew

 

Question 7. What is the purpose of hanging a mezuzah on one's doorpost?
 It fulfills a biblical commandment
 Every time you enter or leave the house, the mezuzah reminds you that you have a covenant with God
 The mezuzah serves as a symbol to everyone else that this particular dwelling is constituted as a Jewish household
 All of the above