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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. 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 2. On Simchat Torah it is customary to eat foods that are


Question 3. Outside Israel, when are Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah observed?
 On the same day
 With three days in between them
 On two consecutive days
 One week after Sukkot ends


Question 4. 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 5. On Simchat Torah, what are the circles made while holding the Torah and dancing around the synagogue called?


Question 6. On Simchat Torah children
 Are given an aliyah
 Wave flags
 Dance with the Torah
 All of the above


Question 7. What does Simchat Torah mean?
 Rejoicing in Torah
 The Day We Received the Torah
 Beginning the Torah Again
 The End of the Torah


Question 8. 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 9. Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah come at the end of which holiday?
 Yom Kippur
 Rosh Hashanah
 Tu Bishvat


Question 10. The commandment to observe the Eighth Day of Assembly, Shemini Atzeret, comes from
 The Torah
 The Mishnah
 The Mishneh Torah
 The Zohar