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

 

Question 2. 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 3. Prayer is regarded as a substitute for this action in the Holy Temple:
 Sacrificial offerings
 Pilgrimage
 Confession
 Tzedakah
 Talking in the back

 

Question 4. Which prayer, which refers to the "houses of Israel," is recited upon entering the synagogue?
 Shema
 Mah Tovu
 Amidah
 Aleinu

 

Question 5. What does the word "rabbi" literally mean?
 Listener
 My teacher
 Leader
 Clergy

 

Question 6. The additional prayer service for Shabbat and festivals is called:
 Minhah
 Mussaf
 Aleinu
 Maariv

 

Question 7. How many men are needed to form a traditional prayer quorum?
 7
 10
 13
 15

 

Question 8. There is a Jewish tradition to say how many blessings, or brakhot, a day?
 At least one.
 100
 18
 248

 

Question 9. 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.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. How many times a day do traditional Jews pray?
 One
 Three
 Four
 Five
 Ten