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Jewish Practices Quiz

Mitzvot--Judaism's commandments--guide Jewish practice. They have been interpreted and codified into a system called Halakhah--Jewish law. How much do you know about Jewish practices and the rules for Jewish daily life?

Question 1. When some married Jewish women complete a menstrual cycle they visit the


Question 2. It is customary to thank God for food
 Before eating
 After eating
 During eating
 Both before and after eating


Question 3. What does a mezuzah contain?
 A small parchment scroll
 A chai charm
 The text of the Jewish wedding contract
 An Aramaic chant


Question 4. Which of these is talmudic advice on how to discipline children?
 Make the family a democracy, and allow the child's voice and opinion to be heard before overruling it
 Allow the child to do what he or she wants; children will learn from their mistakes.
 Push away with the weaker hand and reach out with the stronger hand so that reconciliation is always possible
 Punish quickly and harshly at the first offense so that children learn immediately what is unacceptable behavior


Question 5. True or false: Some Jewish thinkers argue that the only legitimate reason for the performance of mitzvot is in order to obey God's commandments.


Question 6. True or False: Visiting the sick is a mitzvah.


Question 7. Which of these were the two most important medieval Jewish legal codes?
 The Mishneh Torah and the Shulhan Arukh
 The Arukh HaShulhan and the Kitzur Shulhan Arukh
 The Guide of the Perplexed and the Sheiltot
 The Mishneh Torah and Rashi's commentary to the Babylonian Talmud


Question 8. Which is the tractate of the Mishnah that is most directly concerned with ethics?
 Bava Kamma


Question 9. Which of the following is true of the commandment to visit the sick?
 It's forbidden if the sick person has a communicable disease
 It's encouraged, even when it will make the person sicker
 It is thought to have healing properties
 It is preferable to visit as often as possible and stay as long as possible


Question 10. When did the custom of breaking a glass at a marriage ceremony originate?
 In Germany in the Middle Ages
 At marriages that took place in the Temple
 In concentration camps, where Jews had to get married in secret
 When the Israelites wandered in the desert after the Exodus