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Shavuot

The Jewish holiday of Shavuot is actually significant to the Jewish people in two ways. Take our Shavuot quiz and see how much you know about this biblical Holy Day.

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Question 1 Shavuot is tied to which other Jewish holy day observance?

Shavuot is the culmination of the seven weeks between Passover and the giving of the Torah to Moses and the Jewish people at Mount Sinai. Shavuot is a reminder for the Jewish people that their freedom from Egypt was incomplete without the spiritual redemption represented by receiving God’s laws.

Sukkot Purim Passover Tisha b’Av

Question 2 Shavuot is one of the three "pilgrim festivals."

Shavuot is one of the three biblically mandated observances mentioned in Exodus 34:18-23, often called “pilgrim festivals,” where all Jewish males in ancient times were required to go Jerusalem to celebrate at the Holy Temple. The other two are Passover and Sukkot

True False

Question 3 Shavuot means

The word Shavuot means "weeks" in recognition of the seven full weeks of preparation and anticipation leading up to the Sinai experience.

Days Weeks Months Years

Question 4 During Shavuot it is common to read from which book of the Bible?

The book of Ruth is traditionally read on Shavuot because Ruth was a non-Jewish woman whose love for God and the Torah led her to accept the Holy God of Israel.

Ruth Job Isaiah Jonah

Question 5 Shavuot is the only holiday that is not given a specific date.

Every holiday is given a date except for Shavuot. Passover is the 15th day of Nissan (Leviticus 23:6); Rosh Hashanah is the 1st day of Tishrei (23:24); Yom Kippur is the 10th day of Tishrei (23:27), and Sukkot is on the 15th day of Tishrei (23:34). Shavuot is only designated as the 50th day after the first day of Passover.

True False

Question 6 Which of the following is one way Jews today observe Shavuot?

. Many Jews celebrate Shavuot by staying up the entire night studying the Torah . At synagogue services on Shavuot morning, the Ten Commandments are read and the people reaffirm their commitment to obey God’s Law.

Carry the Torah around in a parade during services in the synagogue. Throw breadcrumbs into a stream or body of water. Sound the shofar one hundred times. Stay up all night studying the Torah

Question 7 On Shavuot¸the traditional menu features which of these foods:

Shavuot is the only holiday when dairy products are featured on the menu. Many different reasons are given to this tradition, one of which is to symbolize the "land flowing with milk and honey" (Exodus 3:8) promised to the Israelites, or that "milk and honey are under your tongue" (Song of Songs 4:11).

Roast chicken Cheese dishes Vegetables Fruit All of the above

Question 8 Shavuot is also known as:

The holiday is known by a number of different names, each reflecting a particular agricultural or historical motif.

The Festival of Weeks Pentecost Festival of the First Fruits All of the above None of the above

Question 9 Which tradition to observe Shavuot began after the Six-Day War in 1967?

After the Six-Day War ended, Jerusalem was reunited under Israeli rule and Jews had access to the Temple Mount for the first time in 19 years. The Western Wall was officially re-opened to Jews on Shavuot, and on that day, more than 200,000 Jews paraded on foot to the Western Wall. In the following years, this "pedestrian pilgrimage" has become a beloved tradition.

To shoot off fireworks. To parade to the Western Wall at sunrise. To fast and spend the day in synagogue. To hold a concert featuring patriotic and traditional Jewish music.

Question 10 What is an omer?

As Shavuot began as a harvest festival, Jews counted the days of omer, or "measures of grain," offered in the temple " . . . from the time you first put the sickle to the standing grain. Then you shall keep the feast of weeks to the LORD . . . as the LORD your God blesses you" (Deuteronomy 16:9–10).

A measure of grain. Name given to the offering brought to the Temple on Shavuot The blessing said at the end of Shavuot. A traditional dish served on Shavuot.

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