Dear B’nai Shalom Members, families, and friends:
As part of the ongoing learning inspired by often-asked questions I receive at my weekly shiur (class) and at Kiddush time, I have prepared the following quiz which I hope you will find informative and fun. Enjoy!
- Which Shabbat is called Shabbat Shira (The Shabbat of song) and why?
- In which two parshiyot do we find the reading of the Aseret HaDibrot (the Ten Commandments)?
- In which two parshiyot do we find the long, frightening list of admonishing curses?
- Before which holiday do we find Shabbat Shuva?
- Before which holiday do we find Shabbat HaGadol?
- On the Shabbat before which holiday do we read the maftir of “Zachor” (Remember)?
- Once we are introduced to Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses) in the Torah chapters, which is the ONLY parshah in which Moshe’s name is NOT mentioned?
- On which five days in the month of Elul do we NOT hear the sounding of the shofar?
- On which two possible dates could we find the Fast of Esther?
- Which is the only Hebrew month with TWO public fast days in it?
- Which is the only holiday which begins in one month and ends in another?
- What are the two reasons the month of Cheshvan is often referred to as Mar Cheshvan?
- Which month BESIDES CHESHVAN, has no holidays or fast days in it?
- During which ENTIRE MONTH do we NOT recite the prayer: Tachanun?
- Which is the only month that is NOT announced with the prayer Birkat HaChodesh on the Shabbat prior to the first day of the month?
- Which are the two only months than can have a variable number of days in them?
- During a Hebrew leap year, what is added to the year?
- How many times in a 19-year cycle will there be a Hebrew leap year?
- What holiday – considered to be a separate Yom Tov of its own outside of Israel, does NOT exist in Israel as its own, separate holiday?
- What holiday bracha (blessing) is said precisely ten times a year, never more, never less?
- The Shabbat of Parshat Beshallach which contains “Shirat Moshe al HaYam”, “The Song of Moses at the Red Sea”.
- Parshat Yitro in Shemot (Exodus) and Parshat VaEtchanan in Devarim (Deuteronomy).
- The “Toch’cha” (the Admonition) is found in Parshat Bechukotai in Vayikra (Leviticus) and in Parshat Kee Tavo in Devarim (Deuteronomy).
- Before Yom Kippur.
- Before Pesach.
- Tetzaveh in Shemot (Exodus).
- The four shabbatot in the month and the last day of the month.
- Usually on the 13th of Adar (the day before Purim) but when Purim is on a Sunday, the fast is on the 11th of Adar.
- The month of Tishrei contains Tzom Gedalyah (the Fast of Gedalyah) on the 3rd of Tishrei and Yom Kippur on the 10th of Tishrei.
- Chanukah begins on the 25th of Kislev and ends in the month of Tevet.
- Having no holidays or days of importance of its own, the month is called “mar” either for being embittered for the lack of holiday prominence or “Mar” as “Mr.” as a salutation of respect to provide the month with a dignity of its own.
- Elul has no holidays, festivals, or fast days.
- The Tachanun prayer is not said throughout the month of Nisan.
- The beginning of the month of Tishrei is NOT announced in shul as it is not only the beginning of the month but the beginning of the new year.
- The months of Cheshvan and Kislev can have either 29 or 30 days in them.
- An entire month – the month of Adar Bet is added at the end of the calendar year.
- There are seven leap years within a 19-year cycle.
- The holiday of SImchat Torah — the day after Shemini Atzeret outside of Israel — does NOT exist as a separate, distinct holiday in Israel. The celebrating of completing and restarting the Torah reading cycle is included in the festivities of the holiday of Shemini Atzeret in Israel.
- The bracha of: “…She-asah nissim la-avoteinu bayamim ha-hem, bazman hazeh” is said each of the eight nights of Chanukah and twice on Purim (prior to the evening Megillah reading and prior to the morning Megillah reading), for a total of ten total recitations.
With Torah blessings,
Rabbi Dr. Yaacov Dvorin