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 do some scholars believe Shemini Atzeret was devoted to in Temple times?
The ritual cleansing of the altar
Cleaning up the Temple after the previous holiday
Remembering the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Question 2. 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 3. Which of the following prayers are said on Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah?
Question 4. 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 5. On Simchat Torah children
Are given an aliyah
Dance with the Torah
All of the above
Question 6. 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 7. It is customary for the person who leads the prayer for Rain to wear
Question 8. True or false: In traditional synagogues, Simchat Torah is the only time that the Torah is read at night.
Question 9. On Simchat Torah, what are the circles made while holding the Torah and dancing around the synagogue called?
Question 10. 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