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


Question 3. Which is the longest of the three daily prayer services?
 Shaharit, the morning prayers
 Mincha, the afternoon prayers
 Maariv, the evening prayers
 They are all the same length


Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. What is the name of the halakhic code developed by Joseph Caro in the 16th century?
 Mishneh Torah
 Shulhan Arukh
 Talmud Yerushalmi


Question 7. True or false: In Judaism there is no explicit concept of rights--only responsibilities.


Question 8. 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 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. Around the year 200 CE, the earliest compendium of Jewish law was redacted. Which text is this?
 The Assyrian Talmud
 The Jerusalem Talmud
 The Gemara
 The Mishnah