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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. 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 2. What is unusual about the kaddish prayer?
 It does not mention God's name
 It is in Aramaic, not Hebrew
 It does not mention death
 All of the above
 None of the above


Question 3. What is the Yom Kippur service that refers to the symbolic closing of the gates of heaven?


Question 4. On Yom Kippur, we read a long medieval poem that describes in gruesome detail the deaths of famous rabbis during ancient Roman persecutions. What is this prayer called?


Question 5. In most communities, how many days in a normal, non-holiday week is the Torah read?
 Every day.
 Every day, as long as there is a minyan.


Question 6. Birkot HaShahar are blessings for what time of day?


Question 7. True or false: In the Conservative Siddur Sim Shalom, two parallel openings of the Amidah prayer appear, one with the traditional reference to the patriarchs, and another including the matriarchs as well.


Question 8. True or false: Setting the prayer liturgy to music is a 20th-century development.