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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. What title is given to the person honored with the first aliyah of Genesis on Simchat Torah?
 Hatan Torah/Kallat HaTorah
 Hatan Bereshit/Kallat Bereshit
 The Kallah
 The Hazzan

 

Question 2. 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 3. It is customary for the person who leads the prayer for Rain to wear
 A sheitel
 A kittel
 A beard
 Tefillin

 

Question 4. What does Simchat Torah mean?
 Rejoicing in Torah
 The Day We Received the Torah
 Beginning the Torah Again
 The End of the Torah

 

Question 5. 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?
 Biblical times
 Talmudic times
 Medieval times
 The Haskalah, the Jewish Enlightenment

 

Question 6. On Simchat Torah it is customary to eat foods that are
 Scopped
 Rolled
 Dipped
 Raw

 

Question 7. 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 8. What do some scholars believe Shemini Atzeret was devoted to in Temple times?
 Religious sacrifices
 The ritual cleansing of the altar
 Cleaning up the Temple after the previous holiday
 Remembering the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai

 

Question 9. The commandment to observe the Eighth Day of Assembly, Shemini Atzeret, comes from
 The Torah
 The Mishnah
 The Mishneh Torah
 The Zohar

 

Question 10. True or false: In traditional synagogues, Simchat Torah is the only time that the Torah is read at night.
 True
 False