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Shavuot Quiz

Shavuot began as a harvest festival, but it also commemorates the revelation at Sinai and the giving of the Torah. Traditions of the holiday include eating dairy, nighttime learning, and decorating houses and synagogues with plant life. How much do you know about this spring holiday?

Question 1. What type of decoration is traditionally found in the home and/or synagogue during Shavuot?
 A lulav and etrog


Question 2. The hymn said as an introduction to the Ten Commandments is called
 Anim Zemirot
 Avinu Malkeinu


Question 3. When may the omer be counted each day?
 Starting at sunrise.
 Starting at nightfall.
 You may count on any day of Passover.
 It doesn't matter as long as you make up the count by Shavuot.


Question 4. Which Talmudic sage is associated with the pilgrimage taken by many Jews on Lag Ba'Omer?
 Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai.
 Rabbi Akiva.
 Deborah the Judge.
 Hillel and Shammai.


Question 5. The ritual of upsheren, associated with Lag Ba'Omer, involves:
 The public reading of the Ten Commandments.
 The naming of a child.
 A boy's first haircut.
 Dedicating a Torah.


Question 6. This ceremony, marking completion of advanced years in religious school, is often held on Shavuot
 Bar Mitzvah


Question 7. Which service(s) are recited on Shavuot?
 Hallel (psalms of praise)
 Yizkor (memorial service)
 Tal (prayer for rain)
 Al Hanisim (prayer concerning miracles)
 Both A & B