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 the name of the prayer recited before the dancing begins on Simchat Torah?
Question 2. 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
Question 3. 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?
The first day of Spring
After Simchat Torah
Question 4. How many circles or circuits around the room are done in a Simchat Torah celebration?
Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. On Simchat Torah it is customary to eat foods that are
Question 8. 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 9. 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 10. The origin of Simchat Torah can be found in
Communities outside Israel after the 9th century