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. True or false: In traditional synagogues, Simchat Torah is the only time that the Torah is read at night.
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?
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
Question 10. How many circles or circuits around the room are done in a Simchat Torah celebration?