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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. Why do Jews pray?
 To reminds us of life's truths
 To connect us to other realms
 Because of a sense of obligation and purpose
 To achieve spiritual discipline
 All of these reasons


Question 2. True or false: The first Jewish prayer books can be found in the writings of the post-talmudic sages of Babylonia (geonim) and their successors in North Africa and Europe.


Question 3. In Temple times, what was the main role of the synagogue?
 To provide a place to house communal guests
 To serve as a place of Jewish study and gathering
 To serve as a place to keep tallit and tefillin
 To provide sanctuary to people who needed a special place to talk to God


Question 4. Which sages first gave Jewish prayer its structure and basic contents?
 Messianic Jews
 The Tannaim
 The latter prophets


Question 5. True or false: While the “official” language of Jewish prayer is Hebrew, there are several Aramaic parts of the liturgy.


Question 6. True or false: Traditional Jewish men recite a blessing each morning for "not making me a woman."


Question 7. What does the word "rabbi" literally mean?
 My teacher


Question 8. How many men are needed to form a traditional prayer quorum?


Question 9. What is the Hebrew name for tefillin boxes?


Question 10. Prayer is regarded as a substitute for this action in the Holy Temple:
 Sacrificial offerings
 Talking in the back