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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. Which prayer, which refers to the "houses of Israel," is recited upon entering the synagogue?
 Shema
 Mah Tovu
 Amidah
 Aleinu

 

Question 2. 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 3. 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
 Jewish theology
 All of these

 

Question 4. 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 5. According to the Talmud, who originated the morning shaharit service?
 Abraham
 Sarah
 Isaac
 Jacob
 Moses

 

Question 6. Which of these tasks is often NOT performed by modern rabbis?
 Teaching religious texts
 Supervising the countless activities of the synagogue and its congregants
 Training children in preparation for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs by teaching them to read Torah and Haftarah
 Representing Jews and Judaism in the non-Jewish community

 

Question 7. Prayer is regarded as a substitute for this action in the Holy Temple:
 Sacrificial offerings
 Pilgrimage
 Confession
 Tzedakah
 Talking in the back

 

Question 8. Which of these is not a garment worn for Jewish prayer?
 Kippah
 Tallit
 Tefillin
 Gartel
 Mezuzah

 

Question 9. Why did regular communal Jewish prayer begin in post-Temple times?
 To substitute for the daily offerings at the Temple
 Because the priests felt that the Jewish people were becoming distant and sinful
 Because people felt that sacrificing animals was cruel and unnecessary
 To give people a way to mourn the loss of the Temple

 

Question 10. What is the prayer leader in a synagogue called?
 Rabbi
 Reverend
 Shaliah Tzibbur
 Prayermaster