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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. According to Jewish law, at what age is a child is commanded to fast?
 12 for boys, 13 for girls
 13 for both boys and girls
 12 for both boys and girls
 12 for girls, 13 for boys


Question 2. 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?


Question 3. True or False: Judaism teaches that human beings are basically sinful.


Question 4. Leviticus 23:27 tells us that, "You should do no work throughout that day." It is referring to which day:
 The 1st of Tishrei
 The 10th day of Tishrei
 The 11th of Adar
 The 13th of Tamuz


Question 5. 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 6. What custom, often held on Erev Yom Kippur, is meant to atone for one's personal sins?


Question 7. Most Reform communities read an alternative Torah reading on the morning of Yom Kippur. This reading was chosen because it does not mention
 Choosing Life


Question 8. What is the Talmudic tractate that discusses Yom Kippur called?


Question 9. 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 10. A famous story in the Talmud records a conversation between Rabbi Joshua and Rabbi Yohanan. When Rabbi Joshua decries the lack of the Yom Kippur sacrifice in the post-Temple word, Rabbi Yohana replies that we still have another effective method of atonement. What does he say that method is?
 Giving charity to the needy
 Wearing white
 Acts of loving-kindness