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. 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. The commandment to observe the Eighth Day of Assembly, Shemini Atzeret, comes from
The Mishneh Torah
Question 4. What do some scholars believe Shemini Atzeret was devoted to in Temple times?
The ritual cleansing of the altar
Cleaning up the Temple after the previous holiday
Remembering the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Question 5. Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah come at the end of which holiday?
Question 6. On Simchat Torah, what are the circles made while holding the Torah and dancing around the synagogue called?
Question 7. 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 8. True or False: On Simchat Torah we circle the synagogue with the Torahs and our lulav and etrogs.
Question 9. 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 10. 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