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


Question 2. What custom, often held on Erev Yom Kippur, is meant to atone for one's personal sins?


Question 3. On Yom Kippur some people wear a special garment called a
 Yarmulke katan


Question 4. Which service is NOT specifically added for Yom Kippur?


Question 5. During the time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur it is customary to do an accounting of one's life. The Hebrew phrase for this is
 Heshbon Hanefesh
 Neshamah Yeterah


Question 6. 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


Question 7. Yom Kippur falls on what Hebrew date
 The 1st of Tishrei
 Every Shabbat
 The 10th of Tishrei
 The 1st of Nisan
 The 15th of Kislev


Question 8. 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 9. True or False: Judaism teaches that human beings are basically sinful.


Question 10. 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