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. How many circles or circuits around the room are done in a Simchat Torah celebration?
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
Hatan Bereshit/Kallat Bereshit
Question 3. What is Vezot HaBerakhah?
The end of Deuteronomy
The beginning of the Torah
The blessing said over the Torah after it is finished
The blessing said over the Torah before the first aliyah
Question 4. 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 5. What do the circles around the synagogue on Simchat Torah represent, according to kabbalist tradition?
The seven days of Sukkot
The seven sephirot (emanations of God)
The seven days of the week
A & B
B & C
Question 6. 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 7. What is the name of the prayer recited before the dancing begins on Simchat Torah?
Question 8. 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 9. True or False: On Simchat Torah we circle the synagogue with the Torahs and our lulav and etrogs.
Question 10. On Simchat Torah, what are the circles made while holding the Torah and dancing around the synagogue called?