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. 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. 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
Question 3. How many circles or circuits around the room are done in a Simchat Torah celebration?
Question 4. Which of the following prayers are said on Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah?
Question 5. True or false: In traditional synagogues, Simchat Torah is the only time that the Torah is read at night.
Question 6. 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 7. 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?
The Haskalah, the Jewish Enlightenment
Question 8. Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah come at the end of which holiday?
Question 9. 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 10. On Simchat Torah, what are the circles made while holding the Torah and dancing around the synagogue called?