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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 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 2. On Shemini Atzeret, people
 Should say the "leshev basukkah" blessing when eating in a sukkah
 Must eat all their meals in a sukkah
 May make kiddish in a sukkah
 Must take down their sukkah


Question 3. True or False: On Simchat Torah we circle the synagogue with the Torahs and our lulav and etrogs.


Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. On Simchat Torah children
 Are given an aliyah
 Wave flags
 Dance with the Torah
 All of the above


Question 7. 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 8. 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
 Hatan Bereshit/Kallat Bereshit


Question 9. Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah come at the end of which holiday?
 Yom Kippur
 Rosh Hashanah
 Tu Bishvat


Question 10. On Simchat Torah it is customary to eat foods that are