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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 is NOT true about Barkhu?
 It is the ceremonial call to worship by the prayer leader at the formal beginning of services
 It is included in the afternoon service, even though the Shema is not recited
 It recognizes that God is the source of all blessings
 It is recited while standing and only in the presence of a minyan

 

Question 2. 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 3. What is Viddui?
 Repeated confession of sins
 A symbolic reenactment of the ancient priestly ritual for Yom Kippur
 The memorial service
 The last of the five Yom Kippur services

 

Question 4. In most communities, how many days in a normal, non-holiday week is the Torah read?
 One.
 Three.
 Four.
 Every day.
 Every day, as long as there is a minyan.

 

Question 5. What does Amidah literally mean?
 Praying
 Standing
 Silence
 Blessings

 

Question 6. What prayer is only recited in the morning, with the exception of the night of the Passover seder?
 Shemoneh Esrei
 Shema
 Hallel
 Barchu
 Ain Keloheinu

 

Question 7. Is it permissible to reply "amen" louder than the person whose blessing you're saying "amen" to?
 Yes
 No
 Only if you are a rabbi.

 

Question 8. True or false: A minyan has always referred to a gathering of exactly ten people.
 True
 False