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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. 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 2. 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 3. 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 4. True or False: All of the Shabbat prayers for Friday night are from the Book of Deuteronomy.


Question 5. What are zemirot?
 Songs to be sung at Shabbat meals
 The term for the three Shabbat blessings over wine, bread, and candles
 Special kippot worn on Shabbat
 Snacks customarily served after Shabbat services on Friday night


Question 6. What is the proper order of the blessings in the Havdalah ceremony?
 Spices, Candle, Wine
 Wine, Spices, Candle
 Candle, Wine, Challah
 Spices, Wine, Candle
 Matzah, Wine, Karpas


Question 7. 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