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Shavuot Quiz

Shavuot began as a harvest festival, but it also commemorates the revelation at Sinai and the giving of the Torah. Traditions of the holiday include eating dairy, nighttime learning, and decorating houses and synagogues with plant life. How much do you know about this spring holiday?

Question 1. The hymn said as an introduction to the Ten Commandments is called
 Anim Zemirot
 Avinu Malkeinu


Question 2. Which of these is not a custom observed on Shavuot?
 Staying up all night to study Torah.
 Eating dairy products.
 Smelling fresh herbs.
 Decorating the synagogue with flowers.
 Reading the Ten Commandments.


Question 3. On the first day of Shavuot, this is read from the Torah
 The story of creation
 The story of Sodom and Gomorrah
 The entire book of Leviticus
 The first line of every parashah
 The Ten Commandments


Question 4. Which of these customs is observed by traditional Jews during the period of the Omer?
 Not cutting hair or shaving.
 Not listening to live music.
 Not attending parties or joyous functions.
 All of the above.
 None of the above.


Question 5. This ceremony, marking completion of advanced years in religious school, is often held on Shavuot
 Bar Mitzvah


Question 6. The ritual of upsheren, associated with Lag Ba'Omer, involves:
 The public reading of the Ten Commandments.
 The naming of a child.
 A boy's first haircut.
 Dedicating a Torah.


Question 7. What type of decoration is traditionally found in the home and/or synagogue during Shavuot?
 A lulav and etrog