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. 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?
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