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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 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
 Hakafah
 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.
 True
 False

 

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?
 Bedikat Hametz
 Havdalah
 Yizkor
 Al HaNisim

 

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
 Kol Nidrei

 

Question 7. On Simchat Torah it is customary to eat foods that are
 Scopped
 Rolled
 Dipped
 Raw

 

Question 8. True or False: On Simchat Torah we circle the synagogue with the Torahs and our lulav and etrogs.
 True
 False

 

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?
 Biblical times
 Talmudic times
 Medieval times
 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