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Simchat Torah: Rejoicing the Torah

Test your knowledge about the Jewish Bible, known as the Torah, and how it is read and celebrated by Jews around the world.

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Question 1 The Hebrew word Torah means _____.

In Hebrew, the word Torah means “teaching” or “instruction” and offers as much to those who follow it.

Bible Book Teaching Prayer

Question 2 The Torah also refers to the first five books of the Bible, known as the _____.

The first five books of the Bible – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy – are called the Pentateuch.

Talmud Tanakh Dead Sea Scrolls Pentateuch

Question 3 The Torah was given by God to _____.

God gave Moses the Torah’s teachings – some on Mount Sinai and others at the Tabernacle.

Adam Abraham Moses Solomon

Question 4 Each week in synagogue, Jewish people read a section of the Torah called a____.

The correct answer is A. Each week, a different Torah parshah, or portion, is read in synagogue, as well as a reading from the Haftorah. Every year, following the parshah, the congregation reads through the first words of Genesis to the final chapter of Deuteronomy

Parshah Chapter Verse Book

Question 5 The second weekly reading, the Haftorah, means _____.

The Hebrew term Haftorah means “concluding portion,” is no longer than one chapter, and is related to the week’s Torah portion in theme.

Concluding portion Half of the Torah God's Word Prophecy

Question 6 The cycle of Torah readings end and begin with the holiday called _____.

On Simchat Torah, which means “Rejoicing in the Law” and occurs a few weeks after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, the last portion of the Torah is read and the first portion is immediately begun.

Rosh Hashanah Simchat Torah Yom Kippur Sukkot

Question 7 The first part of the Torah is called Bereishit, which means _____.

The name of the book of Genesis in Hebrew is Bereishit, which means “In the beginning,” the first words of the book.

Creation From the mouth of God In the beginning Simchat

Question 8 Thus, the second book, Exodus, is called Shemot, which means _____.

Shemot means “names,” which is the second word of the beginning of the book of Exodus: “These are the names of the sons of Israel.” (Though the word “Exodus” does come from the Greek meaning “going out”).

Go out Book of Moses Let my people go! Names

Question 9 The fourth book of the Torah, Numbers, has the Hebrew name of Bamidbar, which means _____.

While the name “Numbers” comes from the two censuses taken of the Israelites, its Hebrew name refers to where the Israelites were at the time – in the desert.

In the desert Slavery is over On Mount Sinai None of the above

Question 10 Moses wrote all but eight verses of the Torah. Those eight verses were written by:

Joshua wrote the final eight verses of Deuteronomy, which describe Moses’ death and burial.

Abraham Joshua David Jonah

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