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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. 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 2. 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
 Kol ha-ne'arim
 Hakafah
 Hatan Bereshit/Kallat Bereshit

 

Question 3. The commandment to observe the Eighth Day of Assembly, Shemini Atzeret, comes from
 The Torah
 The Mishnah
 The Mishneh Torah
 The Zohar

 

Question 4. What do some scholars believe Shemini Atzeret was devoted to in Temple times?
 Religious sacrifices
 The ritual cleansing of the altar
 Cleaning up the Temple after the previous holiday
 Remembering the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai

 

Question 5. Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah come at the end of which holiday?
 Yom Kippur
 Sukkot
 Rosh Hashanah
 Tu Bishvat

 

Question 6. On Simchat Torah, what are the circles made while holding the Torah and dancing around the synagogue called?
 Hoshanot
 Bedekin
 Neilah
 Hakafot

 

Question 7. True or false: Shemini Atzeret is a one-day festival in traditional Diaspora communities and a two-day holiday in Israel and in many liberal Diaspora communities.
 True
 False

 

Question 8. True or False: On Simchat Torah we circle the synagogue with the Torahs and our lulav and etrogs.
 True
 False

 

Question 9. On Shemini Atzeret a short prayer for rain is inserted into the second blessing of the Amidah. This prayer for rain continues to be recited in the Amidah until when?
 Passover
 Hanukkah
 The first day of Spring
 After Simchat Torah

 

Question 10. The Prayer for Rain recited on Shemini Atzeret is parallel to
 The Prayer for Dew recited on Passover
 The Prayer for Heat Recited on Shavuot
 The Prayer for Food recited every Rosh Chodesh
 Kol Nidrei