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Shabbat Quiz

Though many activities are forbidden on Shabbat--from writing to playing instruments--Shabbat is seen as a great gift from God to the Jewish people, and is celebrated with special songs, meals, and prayers. How much do you know about Shabbat?

Question 1. The rabbis in the Mishnah identified how many basic categories of labor that are forbidden on Shabbat?


Question 2. Musaf is the additional service done in some synagogues that acts as a verbal replacement for what ancient custom?
 A dance to welcome the Shabbat bride
 An additional animal sacrifice offered each Shabbat
 Immersing in a mikveh, or ritual bath
 Fasting on Shabbat


Question 3. Muktseh can be described as
 Objects whose normal use entails an activity forbidden on Shabbat
 The addition of liturgy for Shabbat services
 The commandment in Exodus to observe Shabbat
 Setting aside family time on Shabbat
 The process of cooking before Shabbat


Question 4. Which of these is not an element of the Shabbat candle lighting ritual?
 Washing hands for purity before lighting
 The actual lighting of the candles
 Drawing one’s hands around the candles and toward one’s face
 Covering one’s eyes with one’s hands
 Saying the blessing


Question 5. True or False: All of the Shabbat prayers for Friday night are from the Book of Deuteronomy.


Question 6. What is the blessing over the challah called?
 Lehadlik ner shel Shabbat


Question 7. Melaveh Malkah is
 The fifth service on Shabbat
 A prayer said during Friday night services
 The meal eaten after Havdalah
 A special bread eaten on Shabbat
 The Torah portion read each week on Shabbat