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


Question 2. Which ceremony marks Shabbat's departure?


Question 3. Musaf is the additional service done in some synagogues that acts as a verbal replacement for what ancient custom?
 A dance to welcome the Shabbat bride
 An additional animal sacrifice offered each Shabbat
 Immersing in a mikveh, or ritual bath
 Fasting on Shabbat


Question 4. "Come my friend, let us greet the Shabbat bride!" is the chorus of what Shabbat prayer?
 Song of the Sea
 Anim Zemirot
 Lekha Dodi


Question 5. True or False: Shabbat services are generally longer than weekday services.


Question 6. Where are the weekly haftarah selections taken from?
 The Babylonian Talmud
 The biblical books of the Prophets
 The Torah
 The Zohar


Question 7. What is the meaning of the word Kiddush?