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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. 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?
 Avodah
 Shaharit
 Kaparot
 Martyrology

 

Question 2. What is the morning service called?
 Shaharit
 Minhah
 Maariv
 Havdalah

 

Question 3. Which of these is NOT a feature of services on Yom Kippur?
 Hallel in Shaharit
 The Kol Nidrei service
 The recitation of the Book of Jonah
 A fifth service at the end of the day called Neilah

 

Question 4. What does Amidah literally mean?
 Praying
 Standing
 Silence
 Blessings

 

Question 5. Tehines are special prayers for which group of people?
 Those younger than bar or bat mitzvah age
 Women
 Yeshiva students
 Orthodox Jews

 

Question 6. 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 7. Following Birkot HaShahar, which biblical story appears in traditional siddurim?
 Noah’s ark
 The tower of Babel
 The receiving of the Ten Commandments
 The binding of Isaac

 

Question 8. What is the text used during the Passover seder?
 Machzor
 Siddur
 Humash
 Haggadah