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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. What are zemirot?
 Songs to be sung at Shabbat meals
 The term for the three Shabbat blessings over wine, bread, and candles
 Special kippot worn on Shabbat
 Snacks customarily served after Shabbat services on Friday night


Question 3. Which ceremony marks Shabbat's departure?


Question 4. What is the name of the reading from one of the Bible's prophetic books that is read after the Torah on Shabbat?


Question 5. What does chillul Shabbat refer to?
 The shabbat nap
 One who observes the Sabbath
 Violation of the Shabbat
 A communal Shabbat meal


Question 6. Which Torah service on Shabbat offers a taste of the next week's Torah portion?


Question 7. Where are the weekly haftarah selections taken from?
 The Babylonian Talmud
 The biblical books of the Prophets
 The Torah
 The Zohar