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Sukkot Quiz

Sukkot is when the sukkah, the non-permanent outdoor hut, is built. Sukkot was also once a holiday of agricultural thanksgiving, and this is celebrated with the holiday's other ritual items: the lulav and etrog. How much do you know about Sukkot?

Question 1. True or false: People may sleep and eat in the sukkah during the intermediate days of Sukkot.


Question 2. True or false: It is a requirement to decorate the sukkah immediately after it is built.


Question 3. Sukkot is often referred to as hag haasif, which means
 Festival of first fruits
 Festival of the harvest
 Festival of weeks
 Time of the reception of Torah
 Cessation or solemn assembly


Question 4. When did the custom of beating willows at the end of Sukkot originate?
 Temple times, when people would beat the willows on the floor near the altar of the Temple in a symbolic destruction of sins
 Talmudic times, when the rabbis expressed their sadness about the exile by beating the willows
 Biblical times, to signal that it was time to take down the sukkahs
 Medieval times, to signal that it was time to harvest the crops


Question 5. In which direction is the lulav shaken first?


Question 6. Arba’ah minim means
 The four species
 The four matriarchs
 The four questions
 The three holidays


Question 7. At which point in the service are the lulav and etrog waved?
 During the Amidah.
 During Hallel.
 At the conclusion of the service.
 When the Ark is opened.
 None of the above.