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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. True or False: On Simchat Torah we circle the synagogue with the Torahs and our lulav and etrogs.


Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. On Simchat Torah it is customary to eat foods that are


Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. What is the name of the prayer recited before the dancing begins on Simchat Torah?
 Atta Horeita


Question 8. What does Simchat Torah mean?
 Rejoicing in Torah
 The Day We Received the Torah
 Beginning the Torah Again
 The End of the Torah


Question 9. 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


Question 10. Which of the following prayers are said on Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah?
 Bedikat Hametz
 Al HaNisim