At an alternative bar/bat mitzvah ceremony. (Courtesy Jewish Journey Project)

Lifecycle Ritual Quiz

How much do you know about Jewish customs for marking major life events?

Judaism has long focused on rituals for birth, marriage, and death, and contemporary communities have developed ways of acknowledging other major life events. How much do you know about these rituals?

Question 1 of 10
Which of these events, in traditional Judaism, will prematurely end a shiva?
Question 2 of 10
The bar mitzvah ceremony dates back to
Question 3 of 10
What blessing does a convert recite after immersion in the mikveh?
Question 4 of 10
Which is NOT a theme that is central in Jewish life?
Question 5 of 10
On what day does Jewish mystical tradition consider conception of a child to be particularly holy?
Question 6 of 10
Which contemporary value has been the most powerful force for changing the traditional Jewish wedding ceremony?
Question 7 of 10
True or false: Traditionally, every Jewish lifecycle ritual is infused with a seudah, or a ritual celebratory meal.
Question 8 of 10
Why can the development of new rituals be deeply problematic for some traditional Jews?
Question 9 of 10
What is the minimum age for a girl to have a bat mitzvah?
Question 10 of 10
Under normal circumstances, how long is a shiva?

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