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


Question 2. 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 3. True or False: On Simchat Torah we circle the synagogue with the Torahs and our lulav and etrogs.


Question 4. What does Shemini Atzeret mean?
 The Harvest Festival
 The New Moon Festival
 The Day of Judgment
 The Eighth Day of Assembly


Question 5. 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 6. What does Simchat Torah mean?
 Rejoicing in Torah
 The Day We Received the Torah
 Beginning the Torah Again
 The End of the Torah


Question 7. How many circles or circuits around the room are done in a Simchat Torah celebration?


Question 8. On Simchat Torah, what are the circles made while holding the Torah and dancing around the synagogue called?


Question 9. 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 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