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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?
 Hallel
 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?
 Separation
 Sunset
 Ending
 Fourth service

 

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

 

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