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  • Over which do we bless first during the Saturday night Havdallah service?
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    •  Spices

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      Spices
      The order of the Havdallah service is as follows: blessing over wine, spices, and fire. A possible explanation for the precedence of the spices over the fire is connected to the reason for smelling spices. We smell them in order to enliven our souls that are saddened upon Shabbat’s departure. We want to do this first so that we will recite the remainder of the ceremony in happiness. Another reason: we progress from the coarse sense to the more refined one—taste, smell, and sight.
    •  Candle

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      Your Answer:

      Candle

      Correct Answer:

      Spices
      The order of the Havdallah service is as follows: blessing over wine, spices, and fire. A possible explanation for the precedence of the spices over the fire is connected to the reason for smelling spices. We smell them in order to enliven our souls that are saddened upon Shabbat’s departure. We want to do this first so that we will recite the remainder of the ceremony in happiness. Another reason: we progress from the coarse sense to the more refined one—taste, smell, and sight.
  • Which are longer morning services?
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    •  Shabbat services

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      Shabbat services
      On Shabbat, we read more of the Torah than on weekdays. We also pray Mussaf, an additional prayer service. This lengthens the duration of services. Add onto this the rabbi’s speech (we try not to make it too long!) and Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies which also extend the amount of time in synagogue.
    •  Weekday services (Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday)

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      Weekday services (Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday)

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      Shabbat services
      On Shabbat, we read more of the Torah than on weekdays. We also pray Mussaf, an additional prayer service. This lengthens the duration of services. Add onto this the rabbi’s speech (we try not to make it too long!) and Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies which also extend the amount of time in synagogue.
    •  Weekday services (Monday and Thursday)

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      Your Answer:

      Weekday services (Monday and Thursday)

      Correct Answer:

      Shabbat services
      On Shabbat, we read more of the Torah than on weekdays. We also pray Mussaf, an additional prayer service. This lengthens the duration of services. Add onto this the rabbi’s speech (we try not to make it too long!) and Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies which also extend the amount of time in synagogue.
    •  Rosh Chodesh Weekday services

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      Rosh Chodesh Weekday services

      Correct Answer:

      Shabbat services
      On Shabbat, we read more of the Torah than on weekdays. We also pray Mussaf, an additional prayer service. This lengthens the duration of services. Add onto this the rabbi’s speech (we try not to make it too long!) and Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies which also extend the amount of time in synagogue.
  • How many forbidden acts, called melachot, are there on Shabbat?
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    •  19

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      19

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      39
      There are 39 categories of forbidden activity on Shabbat. These creative acts, called melachah (or melachot in plural form) are learned out from creative acts performed in the building of the Tabernacle (a portable synagogue which accompanied the Jews through the desert).
    •  39

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      Your Answer:

      39
      There are 39 categories of forbidden activity on Shabbat. These creative acts, called melachah (or melachot in plural form) are learned out from creative acts performed in the building of the Tabernacle (a portable synagogue which accompanied the Jews through the desert).
    •  613

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      Your Answer:

      613

      Correct Answer:

      39
      There are 39 categories of forbidden activity on Shabbat. These creative acts, called melachah (or melachot in plural form) are learned out from creative acts performed in the building of the Tabernacle (a portable synagogue which accompanied the Jews through the desert).
  • What are Zemirot?
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    •  Shabbat songs

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      Shabbat songs
      Zemer means song. Little known fact: there are special songs for each and every Shabbat meal. Many families are careful not to sing a “Friday night meal song” during Saturday’s meal, and vice versa.
    •  Shabbat dessert

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      Shabbat dessert

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      Shabbat songs
      Zemer means song. Little known fact: there are special songs for each and every Shabbat meal. Many families are careful not to sing a “Friday night meal song” during Saturday’s meal, and vice versa.
    •  Good deeds

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      Good deeds

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      Shabbat songs
      Zemer means song. Little known fact: there are special songs for each and every Shabbat meal. Many families are careful not to sing a “Friday night meal song” during Saturday’s meal, and vice versa.
  • Why do we have two challahs?
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    •  So we will have enough for everyone

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      So we will have enough for everyone

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      To remember the two portions of Manna in the desert
      In the desert, the Jews received a double portion of Manna (divine food) on Friday afternoons. This was to ensure they would not have to collect food on Shabbat, their day of rest.
    •  To remember the two portions of Manna in the desert

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      To remember the two portions of Manna in the desert
      In the desert, the Jews received a double portion of Manna (divine food) on Friday afternoons. This was to ensure they would not have to collect food on Shabbat, their day of rest.
    •  To represent the two tablets of the Ten Commandments

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      To represent the two tablets of the Ten Commandments

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      To remember the two portions of Manna in the desert
      In the desert, the Jews received a double portion of Manna (divine food) on Friday afternoons. This was to ensure they would not have to collect food on Shabbat, their day of rest.
  • How many men are called up to the Torah on Shabbat morning?
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    •  3

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      3

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      8
      The Torah portion is split into seven parts (called Aliyahs) and read in synagogue. Seven men are called up, one per part, and then an additional one is called up to read maftir (a repetition of the seventh reading).
    •  5

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      5

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      8
      The Torah portion is split into seven parts (called Aliyahs) and read in synagogue. Seven men are called up, one per part, and then an additional one is called up to read maftir (a repetition of the seventh reading).
    •  8

      You are Correct

      Your Answer:

      8
      The Torah portion is split into seven parts (called Aliyahs) and read in synagogue. Seven men are called up, one per part, and then an additional one is called up to read maftir (a repetition of the seventh reading).
    •  10

      Incorrect

      Your Answer:

      10

      Correct Answer:

      8
      The Torah portion is split into seven parts (called Aliyahs) and read in synagogue. Seven men are called up, one per part, and then an additional one is called up to read maftir (a repetition of the seventh reading).
  • When do we sing Lecha Dodi?
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    •  On Friday night

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      On Friday night
      We welcome in Shabbat on Friday night with the Lecha Dodi hymn. The two words literally mean: “let’s go, my Beloved.” In the song, we ask God (“my Beloved”) to join us (“let’s go”) in welcoming in the Shabbat.
    •  On Shabbat morning

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      On Shabbat morning

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      On Friday night
      We welcome in Shabbat on Friday night with the Lecha Dodi hymn. The two words literally mean: “let’s go, my Beloved.” In the song, we ask God (“my Beloved”) to join us (“let’s go”) in welcoming in the Shabbat.
    •  On Saturday night

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      On Saturday night

      Correct Answer:

      On Friday night
      We welcome in Shabbat on Friday night with the Lecha Dodi hymn. The two words literally mean: “let’s go, my Beloved.” In the song, we ask God (“my Beloved”) to join us (“let’s go”) in welcoming in the Shabbat.
    •  On Chanukah

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      On Chanukah

      Correct Answer:

      On Friday night
      We welcome in Shabbat on Friday night with the Lecha Dodi hymn. The two words literally mean: “let’s go, my Beloved.” In the song, we ask God (“my Beloved”) to join us (“let’s go”) in welcoming in the Shabbat.
  • Shabbat will never be less than 24 hours.
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    •  True

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      True
      One can extend the Shabbat by accepting the Shabbat earlier on Friday evening or ending it later on Saturday night. However, Shabbat itself always stretches from a bit prior to sunset on Friday night until the appearance of three stars in the sky on Saturday night.
    •  False

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      False

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      True
      One can extend the Shabbat by accepting the Shabbat earlier on Friday evening or ending it later on Saturday night. However, Shabbat itself always stretches from a bit prior to sunset on Friday night until the appearance of three stars in the sky on Saturday night.
  • At the Shabbat table after the blessing over the bread, Challah is dipped in
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    •  Sugar

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      Sugar

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      Salt
      We dip our Challah in salt in remembrance of the salted meat brought on the Temple altar. We want our Shabbat meal to be a holy endeavor, like a Temple sacrifice, and are reminded of this through the dipping of the Challah. Ways to sanctify one’s Shabbat table: sing songs together, recite Birkat Hamazon, or discuss what your children learned in school this week!
    •  Hummos

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      Hummos

      Correct Answer:

      Salt
      We dip our Challah in salt in remembrance of the salted meat brought on the Temple altar. We want our Shabbat meal to be a holy endeavor, like a Temple sacrifice, and are reminded of this through the dipping of the Challah. Ways to sanctify one’s Shabbat table: sing songs together, recite Birkat Hamazon, or discuss what your children learned in school this week!
    •  Salt

      You are Correct

      Your Answer:

      Salt
      We dip our Challah in salt in remembrance of the salted meat brought on the Temple altar. We want our Shabbat meal to be a holy endeavor, like a Temple sacrifice, and are reminded of this through the dipping of the Challah. Ways to sanctify one’s Shabbat table: sing songs together, recite Birkat Hamazon, or discuss what your children learned in school this week!
  • The name Shabbat means
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    •  To rest

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      To rest
      Believe it or not, sleeping on Shabbat is promoted in Jewish texts. However, the name Shabbat means “rest” and not sleep. It comes from the root SH-B-T, which means to rest or cease. God “rested” on the seventh day and we follow suit—taking a rest from the busy work week and filling up our spiritual batteries for the upcoming one.
    •  To sleep

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      To sleep

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      To rest
      Believe it or not, sleeping on Shabbat is promoted in Jewish texts. However, the name Shabbat means “rest” and not sleep. It comes from the root SH-B-T, which means to rest or cease. God “rested” on the seventh day and we follow suit—taking a rest from the busy work week and filling up our spiritual batteries for the upcoming one.
    •  Seven

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      Seven

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      To rest
      Believe it or not, sleeping on Shabbat is promoted in Jewish texts. However, the name Shabbat means “rest” and not sleep. It comes from the root SH-B-T, which means to rest or cease. God “rested” on the seventh day and we follow suit—taking a rest from the busy work week and filling up our spiritual batteries for the upcoming one.
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