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 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 2. 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 3. 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 4. 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 5. Which of the following prayers are said on Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah?
Question 6. 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
Question 7. On Simchat Torah it is customary to eat foods that are
Question 8. True or False: On Simchat Torah we circle the synagogue with the Torahs and our lulav and etrogs.
Question 9. 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 10. 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