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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. Where are the weekly haftarah selections taken from?
 The Babylonian Talmud
 The biblical books of the Prophets
 The Torah
 The Zohar


Question 2. True or False: The story of creation contains a commandment for humans to observe a sabbath.


Question 3. How long does Shabbat last?
 24 hours
 25 hours
 26 hours
 24 hours and 30 minutes


Question 4. The rabbis in the Mishnah identified how many basic categories of labor that are forbidden on Shabbat?


Question 5. Who wrote the hymn Lekhah Dodi?
 Solomon Ibn Gabirol
 Solomon ben Moses Halevi
 Solomon Alkabetz
 Yehuda Amichai


Question 6. What song is traditionally sung at the start of Friday night dinner?
 Lekha Dodi
 Shalom Aleichem
 Adon Olam
 Eliyahu Hanavi


Question 7. Traditionally, when are meals for Shabbat prepared?
 Before Shabbat so that one does not break Shabbat by cooking
 After lighting the Shabbat candles
 Saturday morning
 The meals for Saturday are prepared after dinner on Friday night