Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah QuizAt 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: Shemini Atzeret is a one-day festival in traditional Diaspora communities and a two-day holiday in Israel and in many liberal Diaspora communities.
Question 2. The commandment to observe the Eighth Day of Assembly, Shemini Atzeret, comes from
The Mishneh Torah
Question 3. 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?
The Haskalah, the Jewish Enlightenment
Question 4. How did the rabbis in the Talmud interpret Leviticus 23:36, “The eighth day you shall observe a sacred occasion (atzeret) and bring an offering by fire to the Lord”?
God finds it difficult to part with the Jews who have been so actively involved in seven days of celebration
God asks the Jews to “tarry” a little longer and continue to celebrate
This holiday is a celebration of the close relationship between God and the people of Israel
All of the above
Question 5. What do the circles around the synagogue on Simchat Torah represent, according to kabbalist tradition?
The seven days of Sukkot
The seven sephirot (emanations of God)
The seven days of the week
A & B
B & C
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. On Shemini Atzeret a short prayer for rain is inserted into the second blessing of the Amidah. This prayer for rain continues to be recited in the Amidah until when?
The first day of Spring
After Simchat Torah
Question 8. 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
Question 9. True or False: On Simchat Torah we circle the synagogue with the Torahs and our lulav and etrogs.
Question 10. The origin of Simchat Torah can be found in
Communities outside Israel after the 9th century