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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 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?
 Biblical times
 Talmudic times
 Medieval times
 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?
 Bedikat Hametz
 Al HaNisim


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
 Kol ha-ne'arim
 Hatan Bereshit/Kallat Bereshit


Question 6. What do some scholars believe Shemini Atzeret was devoted to in Temple times?
 Religious sacrifices
 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
 Wave flags
 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.