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. Which prayer, which refers to the "houses of Israel," is recited upon entering the synagogue?
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
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?
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:
Talking in the back
Question 8. Which of these is not a garment worn for Jewish prayer?
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?