Jewish Practices QuizMitzvot--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