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


Question 2. 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 3. 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?
 The first day of Spring
 After Simchat Torah


Question 4. Simchat Torah is traditionally what type of holiday?
 A holiday filled with joy, laughter, and celebration
 A holiday in which is it most important to repent for sins
 A holiday for blotting out the sound of the names of those who tried to destroy the Jews
 A holiday for celebrating Jewish continuity and the creation of the State of Israel


Question 5. 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 6. What is the name of the prayer recited before the dancing begins on Simchat Torah?
 Atta Horeita


Question 7. 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 8. When did the Simchat Torah tradition of reading the final Torah portion of the previous year and the first Torah portion of the next year begin?
 Biblical times
 Talmudic times
 Medieval times
 The Haskalah, the Jewish Enlightenment


Question 9. The origin of Simchat Torah can be found in
 The Torah
 The Mishnah
 The Kabbalah
 Communities outside Israel after the 9th century


Question 10. What title is given to the person honored with the first aliyah of Genesis on Simchat Torah?
 Hatan Torah/Kallat HaTorah
 Hatan Bereshit/Kallat Bereshit
 The Kallah
 The Hazzan