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 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 2. What is the name of a large rectangular shawl with strings tied in a particular pattern in each of the four corners?
Question 3. What is NOT part of the traditional liturgy arranged by the Tannaim?
The twice-daily recitation of the Shema
"The Prayer" of 18 blessings, also known as the Amidah
The recitation every morning of Modeh Ani
Public Torah reading
Question 4. How many men are needed to form a traditional prayer quorum?
Question 5. 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 6. There is a Jewish tradition to say how many blessings, or brakhot, a day?
At least one.
Question 7. Prayer is regarded as a substitute for this action in the Holy Temple:
Talking in the back