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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. True or false: By the high Middle Ages, most Jewish communities recognized one rabbi as the arbiter of Jewish law in that community.


Question 2. What does a mezuzah contain?
 A small parchment scroll
 A chai charm
 The text of the Jewish wedding contract
 An Aramaic chant


Question 3. Which of the Ten Commandments mandates having respect for one's parents?
 The second commandment
 The third commandment
 The fifth commandment
 The tenth commandment


Question 4. Who in the Bible is described an ezer k'negdo, a "helper opposite him"?


Question 5. 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 6. According to Jewish tradition, how many mitzvot (commandments) are there?


Question 7. What is the Hebrew word for holiness?


Question 8. What is a mohar?
 In ancient marriages, it was the price paid by the father of the groom to the father of the bride
 In ancient marriages it was the contract signed at the engagement
 In the Talmud is it the word used for a devious or untrustworthy friend
 In the Talmud it is the term for a divorcee


Question 9. The Babylonian Talmud is the source for much of Jewish law. Where was it compiled?
 The Ottoman Empire
 The Persian Empire
 A shtetl in Eastern Europe


Question 10. The Hebrew name for the practice of hospitality is
 Kibud av v'em
 Matanot l’evyonim
 Hakhnasat orhim