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Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Quiz

At the end of Sukkot, we celebrate the completion of the annual Torah reading cycle. How much do you know about Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah?



Question 1. True or false: In traditional synagogues, Simchat Torah is the only time that the Torah is read at night.
 True
 False

 

Question 2. Where is the haftarah for Simchat Torah chanted from?
 The Book of Joshua
 The Book of Daniel
 The Book of Ezra
 The Book of Esther

 

Question 3. It is a custom for how many people to be honored with an aliyah on Simchat Torah?
 All the children in the congregation
 All those who got married in the previous year
 All those who had a bar/bat mitzvah in the previous year
 The whole congregation

 

Question 4. In recent times, how have synagogues made Simchat Torah a very "child-friendly" holiday?
 Giving out candy to children
 Inviting all the children up for a group aliyah 
 Giving out flags to children
 All of the above

 

Question 5. How did the rabbis in the Talmud interpret Leviticus 23:36, “The eighth day you shall observe a sacred occasion (atzeret) and bring an offering by fire to the Lord”?
 God finds it difficult to part with the Jews who have been so actively involved in seven days of celebration
 God asks the Jews to “tarry” a little longer and continue to celebrate
 This holiday is a celebration of the close relationship between God and the people of Israel
 All of the above

 

Question 6. Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah come at the end of which holiday?
 Yom Kippur
 Sukkot
 Rosh Hashanah
 Tu Bishvat

 

Question 7. On Simchat Torah the torah reading includes
 The story of creation
 The story of Noah and the flood
 The story of Abraham smashing the idols
 The Ten Commandments

 

Question 8. What does Simchat Torah mean?
 Rejoicing in Torah
 The Day We Received the Torah
 Beginning the Torah Again
 The End of the Torah

 

Question 9. It is customary for the person who leads the prayer for Rain to wear
 A sheitel
 A kittel
 A beard
 Tefillin

 

Question 10. How many circles or circuits around the room are done in a Simchat Torah celebration?
 5
 7
 9
 13