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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. The late night Shavuot study session is known as
 Tikkun Olam
 Tikkun Leil Shavuot
 Olam Haba
 Laila Boker


Question 3. The word "Shavuot" means


Question 4. What did the Jews standing at Mount Sinai say to signal their acceptance of the Torah
 "We will do and we will listen"
 The Shema
 "Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, who is good and causes good"
 "Blessed be the maker of creation"


Question 5. Which Talmudic sage is associated with the pilgrimage taken by many Jews on Lag Ba'Omer?
 Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai.
 Rabbi Akiva.
 Deborah the Judge.
 Hillel and Shammai.


Question 6. Which introductory hymn to the Ten Commandments is only recited on Shavuot?
 Ain Kamocha.
 The piyyutim.
 Let My People Go.
 None of the above.


Question 7. 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