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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. 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 3. 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


Question 4. One of the key values connected to the celebration of Shabbat is that of menuha, which means what?
 Eating good food
 Spending time with loved ones


Question 5. What is the blessing over the challah called?
 Lehadlik ner shel Shabbat


Question 6. According to traditional observance, which of these acts is halakhically permissible on Shabbat?
 Applying makeup
 Switching off an electric light
 Making a bouquet of flowers
 Taking a walk


Question 7. The blessing over the candles is the exact same for Shabbat as it is for all other holidays.