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Jewish Prayer Quiz

Jewish prayer has evolved from scattered supplications in the Bible to a vast, codified tradition today. How much do you know about Jewish prayer, synagogues, rabbis, and liturgy?

Question 1. How many men are needed to form a traditional prayer quorum?


Question 2. What is the name of a large rectangular shawl with strings tied in a particular pattern in each of the four corners?


Question 3. The additional prayer service for Shabbat and festivals is called:


Question 4. Which of these are Hebrew terms for musical phrases and notes?
 A & B
 A & C


Question 5. Which is the correct ending for the blessing for washing one’s hands?
 Dayan ha'emet
 She'natan mi-kvodo l'vasar va-dam
 Al netilat yadayim
 Hatov v'ha'meitiv


Question 6. Which is NOT a traditional feature of synagogue design?
 A lectern for the leader of the service
 A "Holy Ark" in which Torah scrolls are kept
 Seating arranged facing Jerusalem
 An organ on the bimah to accompany the hazzan


Question 7. True or false: According to traditional halakhah, women are exempt from the obligation to wear a tallit.


Question 8. What is the daily prayer book called?


Question 9. How many times a day do traditional Jews pray?


Question 10. True or false: The issue of musical instruments in Shabbat services is controversial, with different communities embracing divergent practices.