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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. What does Simchat Torah mean?
 Rejoicing in Torah
 The Day We Received the Torah
 Beginning the Torah Again
 The End of the Torah


Question 2. On Simchat Torah, what are the circles made while holding the Torah and dancing around the synagogue called?


Question 3. Where is the haftarah for Simchat Torah chanted from?
 The Book of Joshua
 The Book of Daniel
 The Book of Ezra
 The Book of Esther


Question 4. 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


Question 5. Which of the following prayers are said on Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah?
 Bedikat Hametz
 Al HaNisim


Question 6. On Simchat Torah children
 Are given an aliyah
 Wave flags
 Dance with the Torah
 All of the above


Question 7. On Simchat Torah it is customary to eat foods that are


Question 8. What is the name of the prayer recited before the dancing begins on Simchat Torah?
 Atta Horeita


Question 9. True or false: In traditional synagogues, Simchat Torah is the only time that the Torah is read at night.


Question 10. The Prayer for Rain recited on Shemini Atzeret is parallel to
 The Prayer for Dew recited on Passover
 The Prayer for Heat Recited on Shavuot
 The Prayer for Food recited every Rosh Chodesh
 Kol Nidrei