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Liturgy & Prayers Quiz

From the morning Shema to the evening Shema, prayer provides structure for the Jewish day. How much do you know about liturgy and prayers for regular days, Shabbat, and holidays?

Question 1. Which of these prayers are the focus of the morning service?
 Hinei Ma-tov and Aleinu
 Ashrei and Adon Olam
 Shema and the Amidah
 Barkhu and P'sukei d'Zimrah


Question 2. What prayer is only recited in the morning, with the exception of the night of the Passover seder?
 Shemoneh Esrei
 Ain Keloheinu


Question 3. What is the name of the Reconstructionist movement's main prayerbooks for weekdays, Shabbat, and holidays?
 Siddur Sim Shalom
 Kol Haneshamah
 Metsudah Siddur
 Gates of Prayer


Question 4. Which is NOT added to the musaf service on Rosh Hashanah?
 Al Chet


Question 5. What is the first paragraph of the Aleinu prayer about?
 A specifically Jewish obligation to praise God
 Universal recognition of God by all people
 Invoking collective recognition of God
 Refraining from saying Godís name in vain


Question 6. When a Torah scroll is removed from the ark, what does the congregation chant?
 "Turn us to you, O Lord, and we will return. Renew our days as of old"
 "Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord alone"
 "From Zion shall come forth the Torah, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem"
 "Praise the Lord who is blessed!"


Question 7. What is the Yom Kippur service that refers to the symbolic closing of the gates of heaven?


Question 8. On Shabbat, the weekly Torah reading is divided into how many sections, or aliyot?