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


Question 4. All the details of Shabbat observance and work prohibitions can be found in the Torah.


Question 5. 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 6. The blessing over the candles is the exact same for Shabbat as it is for all other holidays.


Question 7. What does Havdalah literally mean?
 Fourth service