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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. Shavuot celebrates
 The making of huts in the desert when the Jews wandered for 40 years
 The giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
 The escape of the Jews from Egypt
 The first grain harvest after the Jews arrived in the Holy Land


Question 2. In the book of Ruth, Ruth's mother-in-law is


Question 3. 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 4. The hymn said as an introduction to the Ten Commandments is called
 Anim Zemirot
 Avinu Malkeinu


Question 5. 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 6. Which service(s) are recited on Shavuot?
 Hallel (psalms of praise)
 Yizkor (memorial service)
 Tal (prayer for rain)
 Al Hanisim (prayer concerning miracles)
 Both A & B


Question 7. 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"