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


Question 2. 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 3. Which act signals the end of Yom Kippur?
 Tekiah gedolah, a great blast of the Shofar
 The morning prayers
 The breakfast meal


Question 4. 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 5. When is a tallit (prayer shawl) worn in the synagogue on Yom Kippur?
 Only during the Torah service
 For Shaharit and Minha, but not Maariv
 Only during Kol Nidre
 At all times


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. The explicit connection between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is first made in
 The Torah
 The Talmud
 The Mahzor
 The Tosefta
 The Megillah


Question 8. The Viddui is the
 Repeated communal confession of sins
 A symbolic reenactment of the ancient priestly ritual for Yom Kippur
 Memorial service
 Closing service of Yom Kippur


Question 9. According to the rabbis, Yom Kippur is the anniversary of the day that
 The great flood began
 Joseph was sent to prison in Egypt
 Moses came down from Sinai with the Ten Commandments
 Abraham circumcised himself


Question 10. 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