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


Question 2. By which name are the 49 steps of the Omer traditionally referred?
 The Ladder of Righteousness.
 The Steps of Purity.
 The Steps of Ascension.
 The Journey of Faith.
 None of the above.


Question 3. True or False: One cannot get married on Lag B'Omer


Question 4. The tomb of Simeon bar Yohai, a noted figure connected to Lag B'Omer, is located in
 None of the above.


Question 5. What city is traditional for some to make a pilgrimage to on Lag Ba'Omer?
 The nearest large metropolis.
 Tel Aviv


Question 6. Which is NOT a reason that we eat dairy products on Shavuot?
 To symbolize the "land flowing with milk and honey"
 After the Israelites received the Torah, they could no longer eat the meat they had prepared, and thus ate only dairy
 Kabbalists equate the numerical value of the word halav (milk), 40 , with the number of days Moses spent on Mount Sinai
 At Sinai, the Israelites were considered to be as innocent as newborns, whose main food is milk
 The Torah says that meat is forbidden to be eaten on the first day of Shavuot


Question 7. The 33rd day of the Omer is called
 Lag B'Omer
 Yom Rishon