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?

Question 1 of :

Qustion 1. Simchat Torah is traditionally what type of holiday?

A holiday filled with joy, laughter, and celebration A holiday in which is it most important to repent for sins A holiday for blotting out the sound of the names of those who tried to destroy the Jews A holiday for celebrating Jewish continuity and the creation of the State of Israel

Qustion 2. What is the name of the prayer recited before the dancing begins on Simchat Torah?

Akdamut Hoshana Atta Horeita Dayenu

Qustion 3. On Simchat Torah, what are the circles made while holding the Torah and dancing around the synagogue called?

Hoshanot Bedekin Neilah Hakafot

Qustion 4. The commandment to observe the Eighth Day of Assembly, Shemini Atzeret, comes from

The Torah The Mishnah The Mishneh Torah The Zohar

Qustion 5. How many circles or circuits around the room are done in a Simchat Torah celebration?

5 7 9 13

Qustion 6. Outside Israel, when are Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah observed?

On the same day With three days in between them On two consecutive days One week after Sukkot ends

Qustion 7. On Shemini Atzeret a short prayer for rain is inserted into the second blessing of the Amidah. This prayer for rain continues to be recited in the Amidah until when?

Passover Hanukkah The first day of Spring After Simchat Torah

Qustion 8. 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 9. True or false: Shemini Atzeret is a one-day festival in traditional Diaspora communities and a two-day holiday in Israel and in many liberal Diaspora communities.

True False

Qustion 10. What do the circles around the synagogue on Simchat Torah represent, according to kabbalist tradition?

The seven days of Sukkot The seven sephirot (emanations of God) The seven days of the week A & B B & C
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