Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah QuizAt 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. What is Vezot HaBerakhah?
The end of Deuteronomy
The beginning of the Torah
The blessing said over the Torah after it is finished
The blessing said over the Torah before the first aliyah
Question 2. On Shemini Atzeret, people
Should say the "leshev basukkah" blessing when eating in a sukkah
Must eat all their meals in a sukkah
May make kiddish in a sukkah
Must take down their sukkah
Question 3. True or False: On Simchat Torah we circle the synagogue with the Torahs and our lulav and etrogs.
Question 4. 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 5. What do some scholars believe Shemini Atzeret was devoted to in Temple times?
The ritual cleansing of the altar
Cleaning up the Temple after the previous holiday
Remembering the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Question 6. On Simchat Torah children
Are given an aliyah
Dance with the Torah
All of the above
Question 7. What do the circles around the synagogue on Simchat Torah represent, according to kabbalist tradition?
The seven days of Sukkot
The seven sephirot (emanations of God)
The seven days of the week
A & B
B & C
Question 8. What title is given to the last person to receive an aliyah from the end of the Torah on Simchat Torah?
Hatan Torah/Kallat HaTorah
Hatan Bereshit/Kallat Bereshit
Question 9. Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah come at the end of which holiday?
Question 10. On Simchat Torah it is customary to eat foods that are