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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. When reciting the lists of sin, called the Viddui, it is customary for people to
 Remain seated
 To stand and stomp after each sin is read
 Bow after each sin is read
 To stand and beat their chests after each sin is read


Question 3. What custom, often held on Erev Yom Kippur, is meant to atone for one's personal sins?


Question 4. Traditionally, many people dress in white or light colors on Yom Kippur. Why?
 Because being in synagogue all day causes people to get hot and sweaty
 To symbolize personal purity
 To symbolize the compensation of sins
 To symbolize heaven, in the hopes that God will put them in the Book of Life


Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. 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 8. 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 9. 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 10. 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