Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Quiz

At the end of Sukkot, we celebrate the completion of the annual Torah reading cycle. How much do you know about Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah?

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Qustion 1. Which of the following prayers are said on Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah?

Bedikat Hametz Havdalah Yizkor Al HaNisim

Qustion 2. What do some scholars believe Shemini Atzeret was devoted to in Temple times?

Religious sacrifices The ritual cleansing of the altar Cleaning up the Temple after the previous holiday Remembering the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai

Qustion 3. When did the Simchat Torah tradition of reading the final Torah portion of the previous year and the first Torah portion of the next year begin?

Biblical times Talmudic times Medieval times The Haskalah, the Jewish Enlightenment

Qustion 4. True or False: On Simchat Torah we circle the synagogue with the Torahs and our lulav and etrogs.

True False

Qustion 5. What title is given to the last person to receive an aliyah from the end of the Torah on Simchat Torah?

Hatan Torah/Kallat HaTorah Kol ha-ne'arim Hakafah Hatan Bereshit/Kallat Bereshit

Qustion 6. On Simchat Torah, what are the circles made while holding the Torah and dancing around the synagogue called?

Hoshanot Bedekin Neilah Hakafot

Qustion 7. In recent times, how have synagogues made Simchat Torah a very "child-friendly" holiday?

Giving out candy to children Inviting all the children up for a group aliyah  Giving out flags to children All of the above

Qustion 8. On Shemini Atzeret, people

Should say the "leshev basukkah" blessing when eating in a sukkah Must eat all their meals in a sukkah May make kiddish in a sukkah Must take down their sukkah

Qustion 9. The commandment to observe the Eighth Day of Assembly, Shemini Atzeret, comes from

The Torah The Mishnah The Mishneh Torah The Zohar

Qustion 10. What does Simchat Torah mean?

Rejoicing in Torah The Day We Received the Torah Beginning the Torah Again The End of the Torah
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