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


Question 3. What does the Hebrew word mitzvah literally mean?
 Good deed


Question 4. Which of these mitzvot are still performed by Jews today?
 Mitzvot related to organ donation
 Animal sacrifices
 Giving agricultural gifts to the priests
 All of these


Question 5. 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 6. What is the meaning of the root of the word halakhah--the Hebrew term for Jewish law?
 A & B
 A & C


Question 7. How many loaves of bread is it traditional to have on the table on Shabbat?


Question 8. 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 9. What Jewish practice is done immediately upon waking up in the morning?
 Kissing the Mezuzah
 Washing the hands
 Praying Shaharit
 Brushing the teeth


Question 10. What is the name of the halakhic code developed by Joseph Caro in the 16th century?
 Mishneh Torah
 Shulhan Arukh
 Talmud Yerushalmi