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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. In the book of Ruth, Ruth's mother-in-law is
 Deborah
 Miriam
 Yael
 Naomi
 Boaz

 

Question 2. Which is NOT a reason that we eat dairy products on Shavuot?
 To symbolize the "land flowing with milk and honey"
 After the Israelites received the Torah, they could no longer eat the meat they had prepared, and thus ate only dairy
 Kabbalists equate the numerical value of the word halav (milk), 40 , with the number of days Moses spent on Mount Sinai
 At Sinai, the Israelites were considered to be as innocent as newborns, whose main food is milk
 The Torah says that meat is forbidden to be eaten on the first day of Shavuot

 

Question 3. Which of these holidays occurs during the counting of the Omer?
 Jerusalem Day.
 Israeli Independence Day.
 Holocaust Remembrance Day.
 All of the above.
 None of the above.

 

Question 4. 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 5. Which introductory hymn to the Ten Commandments is only recited on Shavuot?
 Ain Kamocha.
 Akdamut.
 The piyyutim.
 Let My People Go.
 None of the above.

 

Question 6. When may the omer be counted each day?
 Starting at sunrise.
 Starting at nightfall.
 You may count on any day of Passover.
 It doesn't matter as long as you make up the count by Shavuot.

 

Question 7. True or False: There are different versions of the Ten Commandments.
 True
 False