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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. According to the Talmud, who originated the morning shaharit service?
 Abraham
 Sarah
 Isaac
 Jacob
 Moses

 

Question 2. Which of these are Hebrew terms for musical phrases and notes?
 T'amim
 N'ginot
 Piyyutim
 A & B
 A & C

 

Question 3. 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

 

Question 4. True or false: No Jewish denominations permit women to become rabbis.
 True
 False

 

Question 5. 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 6. Prayer is regarded as a substitute for this action in the Holy Temple:
 Sacrificial offerings
 Pilgrimage
 Confession
 Tzedakah
 Talking in the back

 

Question 7. 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