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

 

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

 

Question 4. Which of these are Hebrew terms for musical phrases and notes?
 T'amim
 N'ginot
 Piyyutim
 A & B
 A & C

 

Question 5. Which is the correct ending for the blessing for washing one’s hands?
 Dayan ha'emet
 She'natan mi-kvodo l'vasar va-dam
 Al netilat yadayim
 Hatov v'ha'meitiv

 

Question 6. 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 7. True or false: According to traditional halakhah, women are exempt from the obligation to wear a tallit.
 True
 False

 

Question 8. What is the daily prayer book called?
 Mahzor
 Siddur
 Bentscher
 Shiron

 

Question 9. How many times a day do traditional Jews pray?
 One
 Three
 Four
 Five
 Ten

 

Question 10. True or false: The issue of musical instruments in Shabbat services is controversial, with different communities embracing divergent practices.
 True
 False