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Yom Kippur Quiz

A day of fasting, prayer, and introspection, Yom Kippur is often considered the holiest day of the Jewish year. How much do you know about Yom Kippur?

Question 1. The Avodah service describes
 Business ethics in the Torah
 The importance of volunteerism
 The story of Jonah and the whale
 The sacrifice ritual in the Temple on the Day of Atonement
 Sins which the entire community committed


Question 2. Before Yom Kippur begins every Jew is urged to repent by
 Apologizing to himself for his wrongful ways
 Apologizing to any others he may have harmed during the year
 Making a list of his sins and burning it
 Telling a trusted friend all of his wrongdoings over the past year


Question 3. On the afternoon of Yom Kippur, Jews traditionally read
 the Book of Jonah
 the Book of Samuel
 the Book of Life
 the Book of Ezra


Question 4. People who fast according to Jewish law abstain from
 All food and drinks
 All food and drinks except water
 All food, but not drinks
 All solid food
 All food that is not harvest directly from the ground


Question 5. The Kol Nidre service was developed to
 Ease people's guilt over not carrying out all the vows and promises they made
 Enable forced converts to return and pray with the Jewish community
 Center the observance of the holiday within the Jewish community
 Emphasize sin and repentance as a theme of the day


Question 6. Immediately after Yom Kippur it is traditional to
 Drink apple juice to symbolize a sweet year to come
 Eat a bagel to symbolize the circle of life
 Begin building a sukkah
 Gossip about the outfits other people were wearing in synagogue


Question 7. True or False: Judaism teaches that human beings are basically sinful.


Question 8. The Viddui is the
 Repeated communal confession of sins
 A symbolic reenactment of the ancient priestly ritual for Yom Kippur
 Memorial service
 Closing service of Yom Kippur


Question 9. Which act signals the end of Yom Kippur?
 Tekiah gedolah, a great blast of the Shofar
 The morning prayers
 The breakfast meal


Question 10. On Yom Kippur, we read a long medieval poem that describes in painfully gruesome detail the deaths of famous rabbis during ancient Roman persecutions. What is it called?