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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. Which is an example of a Jewish custom, or minhag?
 Putting on tefillin during morning prayers
 Saying kaparot before Rosh Hashanah, while waving a rooster around one's head and saying "May this rooster, which is to be killed, be an atonement for my sins"
 Separating milk from meat when eating meals
 Putting a mezuzah on one's doorpost


Question 2. 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


Question 3. When some married Jewish women complete a menstrual cycle they visit the


Question 4. What is the name of the headcovering worn by many Jewish men and some Jewish women?


Question 5. True or false: In Judaism there is no explicit concept of rights--only responsibilities.


Question 6. Which of the following are situations in which the Talmud allows a child to disobey his or her parents?
 When a parent asks a child to violate Shabbat
 When a child wants to move to Israel and his parents forbid the move
 When a child wants to stay up late to learn Torah, but her parents say she has to go to bed
 A and C
 A and B


Question 7. True or false: Originally, the term minhag, meaning "custom," referred to a practice about which the law was very specific, but whose details were up for debate.


Question 8. What is "Oral Torah"?
 The Ten Commandments which God revealed orally on Mount Sinai
 The Mishnah, Talmud, and later works of law
 The Books of Genesis and Exodus
 Any piece of Jewish law that is memorized


Question 9. According to Maimonides and the Shulhan Arukh, when a Jewish child sees his or her parent committing a sin against the Torah, what should the child do?
 Chastise the parent for sinning, and setting a bad example
 Keep quiet, because to speak out would be a sign of disrespect
 Look up the law with the parent to see what it says
 Ask a rabbi to write a letter to the parent explaining what he or she is doing wrong


Question 10. Which is the tractate of the Mishnah that is most directly concerned with ethics?
 Bava Kamma