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. 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 2. What title is given to the person honored with the first aliyah of Genesis on Simchat Torah?

Hatan Torah/Kallat HaTorah Hatan Bereshit/Kallat Bereshit The Kallah The Hazzan

Qustion 3. What does Shemini Atzeret mean?

The Harvest Festival The New Moon Festival The Day of Judgment The Eighth Day of Assembly

Qustion 4. True or false: In traditional synagogues, Simchat Torah is the only time that the Torah is read at night.

True False

Qustion 5. The origin of Simchat Torah can be found in

The Torah The Mishnah The Kabbalah Communities outside Israel after the 9th century

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. 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

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. It is a custom for how many people to be honored with an aliyah on Simchat Torah?

All the children in the congregation All those who got married in the previous year All those who had a bar/bat mitzvah in the previous year The whole congregation

Qustion 10. How did the rabbis in the Talmud interpret Leviticus 23:36, “The eighth day you shall observe a sacred occasion (atzeret) and bring an offering by fire to the Lord”?

God finds it difficult to part with the Jews who have been so actively involved in seven days of celebration God asks the Jews to “tarry” a little longer and continue to celebrate This holiday is a celebration of the close relationship between God and the people of Israel All of the above
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