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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 song is traditionally sung at the start of Friday night dinner?
 Lekha Dodi
 Shalom Aleichem
 Adon Olam
 Eliyahu Hanavi


Question 2. Who wrote the hymn Lekhah Dodi?
 Solomon Ibn Gabirol
 Solomon ben Moses Halevi
 Solomon Alkabetz
 Yehuda Amichai


Question 3. What is seudah shelishit?
 The third meal on Shabbat
 An exception made to a Shabbat prohibition
 The final prayer that ends the Havdalah service
 One who observes all Sabbath laws faithfully


Question 4. Which of the following is NOT one of the 10 things the Zohar explains the head of the household must accomplish at the Shabbat table?
 Welcome poor guests to the table
 Eat three festive meals
 Put two loaves of bread on the table
 Drink four cups of wine
 None of the above


Question 5. How long does Shabbat last?
 24 hours
 25 hours
 26 hours
 24 hours and 30 minutes


Question 6. 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


Question 7. The blessing over the candles is the exact same for Shabbat as it is for all other holidays.