Religious people often have ceremonies to mark significant life events. Jews are guided through life by the laws contained in the Torah and rabbinic law and their rites of passage reflect this.
What are rites of passage?
Special prayers said when people make a journey
Points and/or ceremonies that mark a change from one stage of life to another
Rules about where people are allowed in religious buildings
What does Brit Milah mean?
Son of the Commandment
The Covenant of the People
The Covenant of Circumcision
What is the role of a mohel?
The person who holds the baby during a circumcision
The person qualified to carry out a circumcision
The godfather who brings the baby to the ceremony
What does the boy do in the synagogue during his Bar Mitzvah?
He gives a talk to the assembly
He carries the scroll from the Ark (Aron Hakodesh)
He reads aloud in Hebrew from the Torah or from the Prophets
At what age does a girl celebrate her Bat Mitzvah in the Reform and Liberal traditions?
At the age of 12
At the age of 13
At the age of 18
Which tradition in Judaism enables a girl to celebrate Bat Chayil?
The Reform tradition
The Orthodox tradition
The Liberal tradition
How does a girl prepare for Bat Chayil?
She takes a course to learn about her future role in a Jewish family
She cuts her hair short as a symbol of the seriousness of her role
She goes without food for 24 hours before the ceremony
At a wedding what does the canopy or chuppah symbolise?
The high status which the couple will enjoy once they are married
The protection which the community will give to the couple
The open home which the couple will build together
What does the glass being broken by the groom during a wedding symbolise?
The couple will have new things for their home
Love, not possessions, is important in a marriage
The challenges of marriage and the destruction of the Temple
How long is the intense mourning period (shiva) for Orthodox Jews?