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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. 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


Question 2. Along with the basic prohibitions, rabbinical authorities enacted a set of secondary restrictions for Shabbat know as:


Question 3. On Shabbat, one should light exactly two candles—no more and no less.


Question 4. The blessing for male children invokes the biblical characters of
 Abraham and Jacob
 Moses and Aaron
 Joshua and Caleb
 Ephraim and Menashe
 Sarah and Rachel


Question 5. One of the key values connected to the celebration of Shabbat is that of menuha, which means what?
 Eating good food
 Spending time with loved ones


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. What is the proper order of the blessings in the Havdalah ceremony?
 Spices, Candle, Wine
 Wine, Spices, Candle
 Candle, Wine, Challah
 Spices, Wine, Candle
 Matzah, Wine, Karpas