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. What is the name of the prayer recited before the dancing begins on Simchat Torah?
Question 2. What does Simchat Torah mean?
Rejoicing in Torah
The Day We Received the Torah
Beginning the Torah Again
The End of the Torah
Question 3. 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 4. On Simchat Torah, what are the circles made while holding the Torah and dancing around the synagogue called?
Question 5. 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 6. True or false: Shemini Atzeret is a one-day festival in traditional Diaspora communities and a two-day holiday in Israel and in many liberal Diaspora communities.
Question 7. What does Shemini Atzeret mean?
The Harvest Festival
The New Moon Festival
The Day of Judgment
The Eighth Day of Assembly
Question 8. It is customary for the person who leads the prayer for Rain to wear
Question 9. 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 10. 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