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Quiz about Jewish Holidays
Quiz about Jewish Holidays

Jewish Holidays Trivia Quiz


Judaism is a religion and culture with many holidays throughout the year. This quiz is about ten of the more well known ones.

A multiple-choice quiz by andymuenz. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
andymuenz
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
371,700
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
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587
Awards
Top 20% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. Based on the Biblical story that God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh, the Jewish religion also rests one day a week for the Sabbath. According to Orthodox Judaism (the strictest branch) which of the following is an acceptable activity during the Sabbath? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. The Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah. One of the traditions is the blowing of the shofar. The shofar is traditionally made out of the horn of what animal? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. The most important holiday in Judaism is Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. What do Jews give up for a day to atone for their sins? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Less than a week after Yom Kippur, another holiday begins, the week long festival of Sukkot. What annual event does Sukkot celebrate? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The holiday of Simchat Torah celebrates the beginning of the new cycle of reading from the Torah, the part of the bible that Jews consider most important. How many books are in the Torah? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. The holiday of Hanukkah is also known as the festival of what? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. The holiday of Purim celebrates events that happened in which book of the Bible? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. One tradition in the Passover Seder is the reading of the four questions. This is done by which member of the family? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The holiday of Shavuot celebrates the anniversary of God giving the Torah to the Jews at Mount Sinai. The Torah includes the Ten Commandments. Which of these is not one of the Ten Commandments? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. One of the more modern holidays celebrated in Israel is Holocaust Remembrance Day. This corresponds with the anniversary of what World War II event? Hint



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1. Based on the Biblical story that God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh, the Jewish religion also rests one day a week for the Sabbath. According to Orthodox Judaism (the strictest branch) which of the following is an acceptable activity during the Sabbath?

Answer: Applying the Heimlich Manuever to a choking victim

Jews are not supposed to do any work on the Sabbath. This includes driving a car, cooking food, and turning on electrical appliances. However, violating the normal prohibitions in order to save a life is allowed and expected. Thus things like performing CPR, giving a patient dialysis, and riding in an ambulance to get to the hospital in an emergency are all allowed.
2. The Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah. One of the traditions is the blowing of the shofar. The shofar is traditionally made out of the horn of what animal?

Answer: Ram

The shofar is traditionally made from a ram's horn although other animal horns are allowed. According to the biblical story of Abraham, God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac as a test of faith. At the last minute God told Abraham to stay his hand and provided a ram nearby for Abraham to use as a sacrifice.

Growing up I attended services with my grandparents and the highlight was when they blew an instrument known as the shofar. As a young child it was a fun change from hearing people chanting in a language (Hebrew) that I didn't understand.
3. The most important holiday in Judaism is Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. What do Jews give up for a day to atone for their sins?

Answer: Food

Yom Kippur is a day of fasting. It actually starts at sundown one day and ends at sundown the next. Thus by eating just before sundown before it starts and then again just after it ends, only two meals (breakfast and lunch) are actually missed.

The way the Jewish calendar works, Yom Kippur can never start on a Monday, Thursday, or Saturday night. I'm not sure why it doesn't start on Monday, but avoiding the other two days makes sense in accordance with the rules of Sabbath. If it started on Thursday, it would end on Friday night which would mean that the big meal to end the fast would have to be prepared before Thursday in order to avoid cooking on either Yom Kippur or the Sabbath. Likewise, if it started on Saturday night, it would be difficult to cook a sizable meal to prepare for the fast due to it starting at the end of the Sabbath.
4. Less than a week after Yom Kippur, another holiday begins, the week long festival of Sukkot. What annual event does Sukkot celebrate?

Answer: Harvest

Sukkot, which is celebrated at the end of summer or early in the fall, commemorates the harvest season. It is also known as the feast of booths and is celebrated by building small wooden buildings with a roof made of plant leaves or other vegetation. Meals are eaten inside these booths and it corresponds with the end of the annual reading of the Torah when the Jews were about to leave the desert after forty years of wandering.
5. The holiday of Simchat Torah celebrates the beginning of the new cycle of reading from the Torah, the part of the bible that Jews consider most important. How many books are in the Torah?

Answer: 5

The Torah consists of the first five books of the bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy). These are considered especially holy in the Jewish religion as they start at the creation of the world and end with the death of Moses just before the Jews enter the promised land.

A portion of the Torah is read each week during the Sabbath in such portions that it takes a full year to go through all five books. The rabbi's sermon usually provides an interpretation of what was read that week.
6. The holiday of Hanukkah is also known as the festival of what?

Answer: Lights

Hanukkah celebrates a miracle that happened after the Jews recaptured the temple in Jerusalem from the Syrians. Tradition has it that after the Syrians had looted the temple, there was only enough oil to light the temple for one day but that it would take eight days to create more. However, the single day's supply lasted the full eight days which constituted the miracle.

Due to its proximity to Christmas, Hanukkah gets a lot of publicity although it is considered one of the minor holidays in the Jewish religion. The books containing the story of Hanukkah (Maccabees) are not considered part of the Bible in the Jewish religion.
7. The holiday of Purim celebrates events that happened in which book of the Bible?

Answer: Esther

The Book of Esther tells the story of Queen Esther who along with her cousin, Mordecai, are able to foil a plot to kill all the Jews in Persia. In the end, Haman, the man responsible for the plot, is hung on the gallows he had originally prepared for Mordecai.

Esther is one of only two Old Testament books where God is not explicitly mentioned (the other being Song of Songs).
8. One tradition in the Passover Seder is the reading of the four questions. This is done by which member of the family?

Answer: Youngest child

Passover is probably the third most important annual holiday in Judaism after Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. It details the events in the Book of Exodus where the Jews were enslaved in Egypt and subsequently freed after ten plagues were cast down on the Egyptians.

The festive meal that is part of Passover is called the Seder. It begins with the youngest person present (of a teachable age) asking "Why is this night different from all other nights?" They then ask about four specific things that are done differently on Passover compared with the rest of the year (eating only unleavened bread, eating bitter herbs rather than other vegetables, dipping food in salt water, and reclining rather than sitting up while eating).

The rest of the Seder consists of the retelling of the story of Exodus and offers reasons behind these differences.
9. The holiday of Shavuot celebrates the anniversary of God giving the Torah to the Jews at Mount Sinai. The Torah includes the Ten Commandments. Which of these is not one of the Ten Commandments?

Answer: Love thy neighbor

In addition to telling the story of the origin of the world and of the Jews through the time of Moses, the Torah also gives laws for the Jews to obey. These include the Ten Commandments as well as instructions as to what foods the Jews are allowed to eat. The Book of Numbers includes a census of the Jewish people as of the time of the Torah.
10. One of the more modern holidays celebrated in Israel is Holocaust Remembrance Day. This corresponds with the anniversary of what World War II event?

Answer: Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

The Holocaust and World War II are among the great tragedies of the 20th Century. While the allied armies were unaware of the extent to which the European Jews were being slaughtered, conditions for the Jews were horrible, especially in Poland. The ghetto in Warsaw was the most famous of the places where the Jews lived in overcrowded, disease plagued conditions before being sent to the extermination camps.

Although the uprising was unsuccessful and the ghetto was liquidated by the Nazis, the heroism the people showed against overwhelming odds is still remembered over 70 years later.
Source: Author andymuenz

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