Answers to "Who Knows Ten?"

How to interpret your score:

10 of 10

Congratulations! Your score, plus three shidduchs, entitles you to Olam HaBa!

8 or 9

Happy are they who dwell in Your house; may they ever praise You; Selah!

5 to 7

Not bad, but you should have your mezzuzahs checked!

2 to 4

So much to do and so little time!

only 1

Bad luck.


We will pray for you.

Answers to sample quiz #2: 

1.  When is Kohelet (Ecclesiates) read at a service?
The Sabbath of Sukkot.

2.   Which Psalm is omitted from P'sukei d'Zimrah (The Verses of Praise) on Shabbat?
Psalm 100 (Mizmor L'Todah), the Psalm that accompanied the thanks-offerring.

3.  On what night does the congregation wear a tallis (prayer shawl)?
Erev Yom Kippur.

4.  Which Jewish months sometimes have one day of Rosh Chodesh (New Moon) and sometimes have two days of Rosh Chodesh?
Kislev & Tevet.

5: When are t'fillin (phylacteries) worn at mincha (the afternoon service)?
Tisha B'av (the ninth day of the month of Av).

6.  What is the only mitzvah (fulfillment of divine commandment) whose accompanying benediction stipulates that it must be performed with love?
Birkhat Kohanim (duchening, the Priestly Blessing).

7.  What woman taught our sages how to pray?
Hanna (c.f., Talmud Berachot 29a and many other places).

8.  What is the only sacrifice to come after mincha (the afternoon service)?
The Paschal lamb on Passover.

9.  Which of the "Four Species" is like a person who is rich in both learning and good deeds?
The esrog (citron).  The four species are the lulav (containing palm, willow, and myrtle) and the esrog (citron). Aroma and taste are likened to learning and good deeds. The esrog has both.  

10. How many of the benedictions of the weekday Amidah are not recited on Shabbat (the Sabbath)?

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