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Sukkot 5770 Quiz
By Rabbi Yonatan Kaganoff
01. Which of the following is not a Midrashic understanding of the symbolism of the four species (minim)?
A. They allude to the four letters in God’s name.
B. They refer to four types of Jews.
C. They refer to four names of God.
D. They refer to the four Foremothers.
E. They refer to four parts of the body.
02. Which of the following is not an explanation of Simchat Beit Hasho’aivah?
A. The joy of the pouring of water.
B. The joy of the pouring of Divine presence.
C. The important joy.
D. The joy of the pouring of the blood of the seventy cows.
E. None of the above.
03. According to the Vilna Gaon, what, historically, happened on the first day of Sukkot?
A. The beginning of the exodus from Egypt.
B. The Manna started falling.
C. Yaakov Avinu came to the city of Sukkot.
D. The construction of the Mishkan.
E. The Jews crossed into the land of Israel.
04. In what way is Chol Hamo’aed Sukkot different from Chol Hamo’aed Pesach?
A. On Chol Hamo’aed Sukkot you are allowed to write.
B. On Chol Hamo’aed Sukkot we say a whole Hallel every day.
C. On Chol Hamo’aed Sukkot we don’t say Tachanun or Laminatzeiach.
D. On Chol Hamo’aed Sukkot the shemonah esrei is longer.
E. On Chol Hamo’aed Sukkot we are not allowed to pick fruit.
05. According to Jewish tradition, what event will take place on Sukkot in the future?
A. The Moshiach will arrive.
B. The revival of the dead.
C. The battle of Gog and Magog.
D. The reestablishment of the Sanhedrin.
E. The destruction of Amalek.
06. What is traditionally eaten on Hoshanah Rabbah?
A. Potato soup
B. Kneidlach (matzah balls)
D. Chicken soup
E. Potato kugel
07. When are Jewish males absolutely required to eat in a Sukkah?
A. The first night of sukkot.
B. The first night and day of sukkot.
C. Once a day and once a night.
D. All seven days of sukkot.
E. Shmini Atzeret.
08. “Ki Basukot Hoshavti Et Bnei Yisroel” refers to what?
A. The clouds of glory that traveled with Israel in the desert.
B. The tents in which Israel camped when they left Egypt.
C. The Mishkan that Israel built in the desert.
D. A & B
E. All of the above.
09. What are the minimal and maximum number of walls that a Sukkah can have?
A. 2 (minimum) & 4 (maximum)
B. 2 1/2 (minimum) & no (maximum)
C. 4 (minimum) & 4 (maximum)
D. No (mininum) & no (maximum)
E. 3 1/2 (minimum) & 4 (maximum)
10. Which of the following is a Kosher sukkah for the first night of Sukkot?
A. A sukkah underneath another sukkah.
B. A sukkah underneath a tree.
C. A sukkah in a tree.
D. A sukkah on a porch.
E. A sukkah underneath a porch.
11. Why is this year different from other years with regard to the four species (minim)?
A. We take more Aravot (willows) than usual.
B. We also take the four species during Mussaf.
C. The commandment is only Rabbinic and not Biblical.
D. Because of the economic crisis, normally prohibited Etrogim are acceptable.
E. Because of the Shemittah year, there is a special reason not to have an Etrog from Israel.
12. Why do we circle the Bimah every day of Sukkot?
A. Because God told us to.
B. To reenact Choni Hamagel’s circle when he prayed for rain.
C. To prepare for simchat torah when we will circle the Bimah seven times.
D. To commemorate the practice in the time of the Beit Hamikdash when they circled the Altar.
E. In commemoration for the seven times Israel walked around the city of Jericho before the walls came tumbling down.
13. What is not part of the formal text of tikkun leil hoshanah rabbah?
A. The 10 Commandments
C. Shulchan Aruch
E. Sefer Yetzirah
14. Sukkot is the harvest time for which crop?
E. All of the above
15. What is unique about waving the 4 species in Jerusalem?
A. They wave the four species during Shir Shel Yom like the custom of the Vilna Gaon.
B. The Mitzvah there may be Biblical for all seven days of Sukkot.
C. Waving the four species in Jerusalem, and in particular at the Kotel is a Segulah for rain for the coming year.
D. Taking the four species around the wall of Jerusalem is a helps protect it from its enemies.
E. There are those who take extra large willows (aravot) in Jerusalem.
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