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 does Simchat Torah mean?
Rejoicing in Torah
The Day We Received the Torah
Beginning the Torah Again
The End of the Torah
Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. 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 5. Where is the haftarah for Simchat Torah chanted from?
The Book of Joshua
The Book of Daniel
The Book of Ezra
The Book of Esther
Question 6. What is the name of the prayer recited before the dancing begins on Simchat Torah?
Question 7. 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 8. 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 9. The origin of Simchat Torah can be found in
Communities outside Israel after the 9th century
Question 10. What title is given to the person honored with the first aliyah of Genesis on Simchat Torah?
Hatan Torah/Kallat HaTorah
Hatan Bereshit/Kallat Bereshit