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

 

Question 6. On Simchat Torah it is customary to eat foods that are
 Scopped
 Rolled
 Dipped
 Raw

 

Question 7. 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 8. What is the name of the prayer recited before the dancing begins on Simchat Torah?
 Akdamut
 Hoshana
 Atta Horeita
 Dayenu

 

Question 9. True or false: In traditional synagogues, Simchat Torah is the only time that the Torah is read at night.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. 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