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 contemporary value has been the most powerful force for changing the traditional Jewish wedding ceremony?
Question 2 of 10
True or false: A rabbi is required to perform a marriage ceremony.
Question 3 of 10
What is the name of the ceremony in which a baby boy is circumcised on his eighth day of life?
Question 4 of 10
Which of these events, in traditional Judaism, will prematurely end a shiva?
Question 5 of 10
True or false: Traditionally, every Jewish lifecycle ritual is infused with a seudah, or a ritual celebratory meal.
Question 6 of 10
With whom was the covenant of circumcision first made?
Question 7 of 10
On a Sabbath preceding his wedding, the groom has (and in liberal congregations, the bride and groom both have) a/an
Question 8 of 10
What is the minimum age for a girl to have a bat mitzvah?
Question 9 of 10
Why can the development of new rituals be deeply problematic for some traditional Jews?
Question 10 of 10
Who is the person who usually performs the brit milah on a baby boy?