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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. How many sentences are in the Jewish version of the Ten Commandments


Question 2. What is the date given in the Torah for celebrating Shavuot?
 The sixth of Iyar.
 The sixth or seventh of Iyar.
 The fiftieth day of the counting of the Omer.
 The first day of summer.
 None of the above.


Question 3. 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 4. Shavuot takes place how many days after the first Passover seder


Question 5. What is an omer?
 Any food eaten by the priests during the Shavuot holiday.
 A measure of grain brought to the Temple.
 A member of the Nation of Israel.
 Ruth's original tribe.
 None of the above.


Question 6. 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 7. Shavuot celebrates
 The making of huts in the desert when the Jews wandered for 40 years
 The giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
 The escape of the Jews from Egypt
 The first grain harvest after the Jews arrived in the Holy Land