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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. On Simchat Torah it is customary to eat foods that are
 Scopped
 Rolled
 Dipped
 Raw

 

Question 2. 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

 

Question 3. True or false: In traditional synagogues, Simchat Torah is the only time that the Torah is read at night.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. 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 5. On Simchat Torah, what are the circles made while holding the Torah and dancing around the synagogue called?
 Hoshanot
 Bedekin
 Neilah
 Hakafot

 

Question 6. On Shemini Atzeret, people
 Should say the "leshev basukkah" blessing when eating in a sukkah
 Must eat all their meals in a sukkah
 May make kiddish in a sukkah
 Must take down their sukkah

 

Question 7. On Simchat Torah the torah reading includes
 The story of creation
 The story of Noah and the flood
 The story of Abraham smashing the idols
 The Ten Commandments

 

Question 8. 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
 Hakafah
 Hatan Bereshit/Kallat Bereshit

 

Question 9. True or false: Shemini Atzeret is a one-day festival in traditional Diaspora communities and a two-day holiday in Israel and in many liberal Diaspora communities.
 True
 False

 

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