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

 

Question 4. Which of these is not a garment worn for Jewish prayer?
 Kippah
 Tallit
 Tefillin
 Gartel
 Mezuzah

 

Question 5. 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 6. What is the name of a large rectangular shawl with strings tied in a particular pattern in each of the four corners?
 Tallit
 Tefillin
 Gartel
 Mezuzah

 

Question 7. 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