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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. What is the Yiddish name for the head coverings worn by men (and some women) during prayer services?
 Kippah
 Yarmulke
 Tefillin
 Hamsa

 

Question 2. How many men are needed to form a traditional prayer quorum?
 7
 10
 13
 15

 

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. How many parts does the Priestly Blessing have?
 Five
 Seven
 Thirteen
 Three

 

Question 5. In communities without cantors, what title is given to a knowledgeable person who leads the congregation in prayer?
 Sh'liach tzibbur
 Director of Education
 Rabbi
 President of the synagogue

 

Question 6. 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 7. Which is NOT a traditional feature of synagogue design?
 A lectern for the leader of the service
 A "Holy Ark" in which Torah scrolls are kept
 Seating arranged facing Jerusalem
 An organ on the bimah to accompany the hazzan