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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. During the Temple period, on Yom Kippur two goats were selected on Yom Kippur. One was sacrificed for Israel's sins. The other was sent to
 Eleazar ben Azariah
 The Valley of Dry Bones


Question 2. True or False: Judaism teaches that human beings are basically sinful.


Question 3. Yom Kippur is the culmination of
 Yamim Noraim (The Days of Awe)
 Hag Haasif (The Harvest Festival)
 Hag Habikkurim (Festival of First Fruits)
 Hag HaShavuot (Festival of Weeks)


Question 4. Which of the following is NOT restricted on Yom Kippur according to Jewish law?
 Eating and Drinking
 Having Sex
 Wearing leather shoes
 Wearing white


Question 5. What is the Talmudic tractate that discusses Yom Kippur called?


Question 6. 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 7. On Yom Kippur some people wear a special garment called a
 Yarmulke katan


Question 8. The traditional Torah reading on Yom Kippur morning discusses
 How the prophet Isaiah criticizes the religious rituals of the ancient Israelites
 The binding of Isaac
 How a scapegoat would symbolically carry the people's sins into the desert
 A list of transgressions


Question 9. According to Jewish law, who may choose not to fast on Yom Kippur?
 An ill person
 A nursing mother
 A child between the ages of 9-12
 All of the above


Question 10. The meal before the Yom Kippur fast is called
 Seudat ha makom
 Seudat havra'ah
 Seudat hamafseket
 Seudat mitzvah