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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. What Jewish practice is done immediately upon waking up in the morning?
 Kissing the Mezuzah
 Washing the hands
 Praying Shaharit
 Brushing the teeth


Question 2. What is the meaning of the root of the word halakhah--the Hebrew term for Jewish law?
 A & B
 A & C


Question 3. How many loaves of bread is it traditional to have on the table on Shabbat?


Question 4. Around the year 200 CE, the earliest compendium of Jewish law was redacted. Which text is this?
 The Assyrian Talmud
 The Jerusalem Talmud
 The Gemara
 The Mishnah


Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. 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 8. True or false: By the high Middle Ages, most Jewish communities recognized one rabbi as the arbiter of Jewish law in that community.


Question 9. The Hebrew name for the practice of hospitality is
 Kibud av v'em
 Matanot l’evyonim
 Hakhnasat orhim


Question 10. True or False: Upon graduating from college it is customary for a Jewish person to have their Hebrew name tattooed on their body.