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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. Which introductory hymn to the Ten Commandments is only recited on Shavuot?
 Ain Kamocha.
 Akdamut.
 The piyyutim.
 Let My People Go.
 None of the above.

 

Question 2. What city is traditional for some to make a pilgrimage to on Lag Ba'Omer?
 Jerusalem.
 The nearest large metropolis.
 Safed.
 Meron.
 Tel Aviv

 

Question 3. Which Talmudic sage is associated with the pilgrimage taken by many Jews on Lag Ba'Omer?
 Moses.
 Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai.
 Rabbi Akiva.
 Deborah the Judge.
 Hillel and Shammai.

 

Question 4. Shavuot takes place how many days after the first Passover seder
 49
 50
 7
 13
 89

 

Question 5. This ceremony, marking completion of advanced years in religious school, is often held on Shavuot
 Bar Mitzvah
 Confirmation
 Upsherin
 Renewal
 Conversion

 

Question 6. 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 7. 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.