Guided Reading for The Western Traditions.
Find the answer to each of these questions as it is given in the textbook before moving on to the next question.
Some answers, drawn from the textbook alone, will be rather simplistic. They can, and should, be elaborated upon as your knowledge of the subject grows.
It is part of the Guided Reading assignments that student should ASK as well as answer questions.
The symbol (*) after a question indicates that these might be used for longer
essays in your quizzes.
Pages 127 - 141:
- What does Segal mean that rabbis subjected prayer to ethical standards?
- What do Reform Jews usually do with the tallith?
- What is a yarmulke? How long has it been in use?
- What are tefillin?
- For what is the constant round of Jewish prayer beneficial?
- On what day and at what time of day does the Jewish Sabbath begin?
- Why may the Jewish people have built up a system that sanctified and sought the presence of God in everyday life? (*)
- Why do some Orthodox Jews use "Sabbath elevators"?
- What three subjects do Jewish dietary laws address?
- What does kosher mean?
- What sort of sea creatures are approved of by Jewish dietary laws?
- What does Kosher animal slaughter do with the blood of the animals?
- What is the term for the opposite of Kosher?
- What additional food restriction is imposed for Passover?
- What rules are based on the biblical injunction not to eat a kid boiled in its motherís milk
- What is Kasrut?
- Who conducts the synagogue service?
- What are the hazanim?
- When does the Jewish month begin? What type of a calendar is used?
- From what time is the Jewish calendar supposed to date?
- What are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?
- What is a shofar?
- What is Sukkoth?
- What does the festival of Hanukkah commemorate?
- What does the feast of Purim recall? To what land and period does it go back?
- With what event is Passover associated? (*)
- What is the connection between the Jewish festival of Shavuoth and the Christian festival of Pentecost?
- What does the Ninth of Ab commemorate?
- When is a Jewish male circumcised?
- What part of the Jewish community is enjoined to marry and raise children?
- What does the Jewish funeral state about life after death? (*)
- When are contemporary Jewish dead to be buried?
- What is the Kaddish?
- Who was Rashi?
- What central element of Jewish tradition are other religious communities said to admire and even envy?
- What circumstance may have dampened the Jewish desire to proselytize (that is, to actively seek converts)?
- Is an already circumcised male completely excused circumcision on his conversion to Judaism?
- What form of baptism do Jews exercise?
- Does apostasy (the rejection of oneís religious beliefs) remove oneís Jewish identity?