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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 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 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?
 Bedikat Hametz
 Havdalah
 Yizkor
 Al HaNisim

 

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?
 Passover
 Hanukkah
 The first day of Spring
 After Simchat Torah

 

Question 5. On Simchat Torah children
 Are given an aliyah
 Wave flags
 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.
 True
 False

 

Question 7. It is customary for the person who leads the prayer for Rain to wear
 A sheitel
 A kittel
 A beard
 Tefillin

 

Question 8. True or false: In traditional synagogues, Simchat Torah is the only time that the Torah is read at night.
 True
 False

 

Question 9. On Simchat Torah, what are the circles made while holding the Torah and dancing around the synagogue called?
 Hoshanot
 Bedekin
 Neilah
 Hakafot

 

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