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Shabbat Quiz

Though many activities are forbidden on Shabbat--from writing to playing instruments--Shabbat is seen as a great gift from God to the Jewish people, and is celebrated with special songs, meals, and prayers. How much do you know about Shabbat?

Question 1. What does Havdalah literally mean?
 Fourth service


Question 2. Melaveh Malkah is
 The fifth service on Shabbat
 A prayer said during Friday night services
 The meal eaten after Havdalah
 A special bread eaten on Shabbat
 The Torah portion read each week on Shabbat


Question 3. When does the first special Shabbat of the Jewish year occur?
 On Tu Bishvat
 Between Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah
 Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
 Between Yom Kippur and Sukkot


Question 4. True or False: Shabbat services are generally longer than weekday services.


Question 5. On Shabbat, one should light exactly two candles—no more and no less.


Question 6. Which important Jewish writer wrote, "More than the Jewish people has preserved the Shabbat, the Shabbat has preserved the Jewish people."
 Abraham Joshua Heschel
 Shalom Aleichem
 Yehuda Halevi
 Ahad Ha-Am


Question 7. Which of these is not an element of the Shabbat candle lighting ritual?
 Washing hands for purity before lighting
 The actual lighting of the candles
 Drawing one’s hands around the candles and toward one’s face
 Covering one’s eyes with one’s hands
 Saying the blessing