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Torah Study Quiz

For thousands of years Jews have been studying texts in pairs or in groups, respectfully debating each other, and learning the stories and legal texts of Judaism. How much do you know about studying Torah?

Question 1. Which of these daily prayers emphasizes the obligation to study and teach Torah?
 Modeh Ani
 Adon Olam
 The Shema


Question 2. What is a d'var Torah?
 A Hebrew school graduation speech
 A cake in the shape of a Torah eaten after services at Kiddush
 A short talk based on a Jewish text or theme of relevance to the occasion when it is delivered
 A class for bar/bat mitzvah kids, where they learn haftarah cantillation


Question 3. Before studying, it is customary to say a blessing thanking God for what?
 Commanding us to occupy ourselves with the words of Torah
 Commanding us to learn Torah
 Commanding us to teach and promulgate Torah
 Commanding us the mitzvot in the Torah


Question 4. Which of the following Jewish books have, at one time, been banned?
 Azariah de Rossi's Meor Eynayyim
 Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed
 Mordecai Kaplan's siddur
 All of these


Question 5. What does "it" refer to in this rabbinic saying: "Turn it and turn it; for everything is in it"?
 The Torah
 The human soul
 The created universe
 The Jewish prayer book


Question 6. After which holiday do Jews begin the cycle of weekly Torah reading?
 Rosh Hashanah
 Yom Kippur
 Simchat Torah