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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. What was the special offering for the holiday of Shavuot in the times of the Temple?
 A firstborn child.


Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. What type of decoration is traditionally found in the home and/or synagogue during Shavuot?
 A lulav and etrog


Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. Shavuot takes place how many days after the first Passover seder