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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. Which modern Jewish philosopher says that Shabbat celebrates "time," not "space"?
 Martin Buber
 Abraham Joshua Heschel
 Leo Baeck
 Hermann Cohen
 Emmanuel Levinas


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. "Come my friend, let us greet the Shabbat bride!" is the chorus of what Shabbat prayer?
 Song of the Sea
 Anim Zemirot
 Lekha Dodi


Question 4. The blessing for male children invokes the biblical characters of
 Abraham and Jacob
 Moses and Aaron
 Joshua and Caleb
 Ephraim and Menashe
 Sarah and Rachel


Question 5. What does Havdalah literally mean?
 Fourth service


Question 6. True or False: Shabbat services are generally longer than weekday services.


Question 7. Who wrote the hymn Lekhah Dodi?
 Solomon Ibn Gabirol
 Solomon ben Moses Halevi
 Solomon Alkabetz
 Yehuda Amichai