Jewish Prayer QuizJewish 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. What is the Yiddish name for the head coverings worn by men (and some women) during prayer services?
Question 2. How many men are needed to form a traditional prayer quorum?
Question 3. True or false: The issue of musical instruments in Shabbat services is controversial, with different communities embracing divergent practices.
Question 4. How many parts does the Priestly Blessing have?
Question 5. In communities without cantors, what title is given to a knowledgeable person who leads the congregation in prayer?
Director of Education
President of the synagogue
Question 6. What can the study of Jewish prayer teach us?
Anthropology of the Jews, since prayers vary according to local customs, ethnic origins, and ideologies
History of the Jews, since prayers come from different times and places
All of these
Question 7. 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