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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 the Talmud, which of the following is something children must not do, because it is a sign of irreverence for their parents?
 Sit in their parents' seats
 Oppose their parents in a dispute
 Contradict their parents' words
 All of the above


Question 2. According to Jewish law, which of these are requirements a father must fulfill for his son?
 Teach the child to swim
 Teach the child how to make a living
 Teach Torah to the child
 All of the above


Question 3. What is the Hebrew word for holiness?


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


Question 5. True or False: Upon graduating from college it is customary for a Jewish person to have their Hebrew name tattooed on their body.


Question 6. True or false: By the high Middle Ages, most Jewish communities recognized one rabbi as the arbiter of Jewish law in that community.


Question 7. According to Jewish law, how much charity should a person give every year?
 5% of income
 10% of income
 20% of income
 25% of income


Question 8. 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 9. 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 10. What is Levirate marriage?
 The obligation of a surviving brother to marry the widow of his brother if he died without having fathered children
 The obligation of a Jewish woman to marry a Levite if there is one who desires her
 The custom of inviting a Levite to officiate at a Jewish wedding
 The name for a marriage that has not been consummated