Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah QuizAt 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. What is Vezot HaBerakhah?
The end of Deuteronomy
The beginning of the Torah
The blessing said over the Torah after it is finished
The blessing said over the Torah before the first aliyah
Question 2. 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?
The Haskalah, the Jewish Enlightenment
Question 3. On Simchat Torah it is customary to eat foods that are
Question 4. Which of the following prayers are said on Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah?
Question 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
Hatan Bereshit/Kallat Bereshit
Question 6. What do some scholars believe Shemini Atzeret was devoted to in Temple times?
The ritual cleansing of the altar
Cleaning up the Temple after the previous holiday
Remembering the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Question 7. On Simchat Torah children
Are given an aliyah
Dance with the Torah
All of the above
Question 8. 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
Question 9. 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
Question 10. True or false: In traditional synagogues, Simchat Torah is the only time that the Torah is read at night.