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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 the afternoon of Yom Kippur, Jews traditionally read
 the Book of Jonah
 the Book of Samuel
 the Book of Life
 the Book of Ezra


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


Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. The beginning of the Kol Nidre service declares that the personal and religious vows made between the individual and God for the coming year are
 Declared null and void if unfulfilled
 To be followed through to the fullest extent
 To be made honestly and fairly
 The most important promises a person could possibly make


Question 6. 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 7. True or False: Judaism teaches that human beings are basically sinful.


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