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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. Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah come at the end of which holiday?
 Yom Kippur
 Rosh Hashanah
 Tu Bishvat


Question 2. True or false: In traditional synagogues, Simchat Torah is the only time that the Torah is read at night.


Question 3. Which of the following prayers are said on Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah?
 Bedikat Hametz
 Al HaNisim


Question 4. 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 5. The origin of Simchat Torah can be found in
 The Torah
 The Mishnah
 The Kabbalah
 Communities outside Israel after the 9th century


Question 6. 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 7. It is a custom for how many people to be honored with an aliyah on Simchat Torah?
 All the children in the congregation
 All those who got married in the previous year
 All those who had a bar/bat mitzvah in the previous year
 The whole congregation


Question 8. The commandment to observe the Eighth Day of Assembly, Shemini Atzeret, comes from
 The Torah
 The Mishnah
 The Mishneh Torah
 The Zohar


Question 9. On Simchat Torah it is customary to eat foods that are


Question 10. How many circles or circuits around the room are done in a Simchat Torah celebration?