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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 the tractate of the Mishnah that is most directly concerned with ethics?
 Bava Kamma
 Avot
 Nazir
 Pe'ah

 

Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. What is the Hebrew word for holiness?
 Kedushah
 Barukh
 Minyan
 Tallit

 

Question 5. The Babylonian Talmud is the source for much of Jewish law. Where was it compiled?
 The Ottoman Empire
 The Persian Empire
 Jerusalem
 A shtetl in Eastern Europe

 

Question 6. According to Jewish law how many times should a Jewish person pray every day? Tzedakah is often translated as charity, but itís more closely related to the concept of what?
 Justice
 Pity
 Wrath
 Anger

 

Question 7. 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 8. True or False: Upon graduating from college it is customary for a Jewish person to have their Hebrew name tattooed on their body.
 True
 False

 

Question 9. In traditional communities, when a Jewish woman gets married she begins covering her
 Ankles
 Hair
 Wrists
 Ears

 

Question 10. What does the Hebrew word mitzvah literally mean?
 Good deed
 Charity
 Commandment
 Observance