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. The word tzitzit refers to
The fringes on the corners of garments
The instrument blown at houses of mourning
The modest garment that the dead are buried in
A special hat a boy receives on his bar mitzvah
Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. What is "Oral Torah"?
The Ten Commandments which God revealed orally on Mount Sinai
The Mishnah, Talmud, and later works of law
The Books of Genesis and Exodus
Any piece of Jewish law that is memorized
Question 5. When walking into a room with a mezuzah on the door one should
Kiss the Mezuzah
Bow to the mezuzah
Stare at the mezuzah
Ignore the mezuzah
Question 6. 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 7. In traditional communities, when a Jewish woman gets married she begins covering her
Question 8. True or false: Secular Israeli jurisprudence treats halakhah as a valid and valued source of precedent.
Question 9. 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 10. Which is the tractate of the Mishnah that is most directly concerned with ethics?