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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?
 Avodah
 Shaharit
 Kaparot
 Martyrology

 

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

 

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?
 Tzedakah
 Kittel
 Kaparot
 Viddui

 

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
 Sacrifices
 Homosexuality
 Shatnez
 Choosing Life

 

Question 8. What is the Talmudic tractate that discusses Yom Kippur called?
 Yoma
 Responsa
 Drasha
 Gemara

 

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
 Fasting
 Wearing white
 Acts of loving-kindness