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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 of the following is NOT one of the 10 things the Zohar explains the head of the household must accomplish at the Shabbat table?
 Welcome poor guests to the table
 Eat three festive meals
 Put two loaves of bread on the table
 Drink four cups of wine
 None of the above


Question 2. How long does Shabbat last?
 24 hours
 25 hours
 26 hours
 24 hours and 30 minutes


Question 3. What does Havdalah literally mean?
 Fourth service


Question 4. Tisha B'av is preceded and followed by special Shabbatot known as:
 Hazon and Nahamu
 HaHodesh and Hagadol
 Shira and Shekalim
 Zakhor and Parah


Question 5. On Shabbat, one should light exactly two candles—no more and no less.


Question 6. What is seudah shelishit?
 The third meal on Shabbat
 An exception made to a Shabbat prohibition
 The final prayer that ends the Havdalah service
 One who observes all Sabbath laws faithfully


Question 7. Traditionally, how many stars should appear in the sky to signify the end of Shabbat?
 It doesn’t matter, as long as the North Star appears