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

 

Question 2. True or false: The issue of musical instruments in Shabbat services is controversial, with different communities embracing divergent practices.
 True
 False

 

Question 3. True or false: No Jewish denominations permit women to become rabbis.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. 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 5. True or false: Traditional Jewish men recite a blessing each morning for "not making me a woman."
 True
 False

 

Question 6. How many times a day do traditional Jews pray?
 One
 Three
 Four
 Five
 Ten

 

Question 7. In Temple times, what was the main role of the synagogue?
 To provide a place to house communal guests
 To serve as a place of Jewish study and gathering
 To serve as a place to keep tallit and tefillin
 To provide sanctuary to people who needed a special place to talk to God