Liturgy & Prayers QuizFrom 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. In most communities, how many days in a normal, non-holiday week is the Torah read?
Every day, as long as there is a minyan.
Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. Birkot HaShahar are blessings for what time of day?
Question 5. Following Birkot HaShahar, which biblical story appears in traditional siddurim?
The tower of Babel
The receiving of the Ten Commandments
The binding of Isaac
Question 6. What is the Yom Kippur service that refers to the symbolic closing of the gates of heaven?
Question 7. 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 8. To spiritually prepare the worshipper for reciting the obligatory major prayers of the morning, the Rabbis established a series of selected passages to be read each morning. Where are these passages from?
The Book of Genesis
Song of Songs
The Hebrew Bible