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. 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. 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 does Shemini Atzeret mean?
The Harvest Festival
The New Moon Festival
The Day of Judgment
The Eighth Day of Assembly
Question 4. 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 5. Which of the following prayers are said on Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah?
Question 6. 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 7. True or false: In traditional synagogues, Simchat Torah is the only time that the Torah is read at night.
Question 8. What is the name of the prayer recited before the dancing begins on Simchat Torah?
Question 9. 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 10. On Simchat Torah children
Are given an aliyah
Dance with the Torah
All of the above