Shavuot, also known as Yom haBikkurim (Day of First Fruits) and Atzeret (Concluding Festival), is the second after the Shalosh Regalim pilgrimage festival. The festival is held seven weeks after Passover and has a twofold purpose: agriculture and history. As an agricultural holiday, it commemorates the end of the counting of the Omer.
Shavuot Facts Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers
The agricultural significance has its roots in the Torah whereby: ‘“And you shall observe the feast of weeks, even the first fruits of the wheat harvest.” (Exodus 34:22); also, “And the feast of the harvest, the first fruits of your labors, which you show in the field” (Exodus 23:16)
Take the Shavuot quiz to test your knowledge about this Biblical holiday.
1. What’s the meaning of the name Shavuot?
2. What does Shavout mean?
3. What type of food is it customary to eat during Shavuot?
4. Why is the festival called “Shavuot?”
5. What do Shavuot, Passover, and Sukkot have in common?
6. Why [in the Gemara (Pesachim 68b)] is the festival referred to as “Atzeret?”
7. According to tradition, who was born and died on Shavuot?
8. What book is read in Shavuot?
9. Why did Hashem favor the children over the ancestors and prophets?
10. What do the Jews do the night before Shavuot?
11. When Hashem offered the Jewish people the Torah they immediately responded “na’aseh venishma” — “We will do and we will listen (study).” If so, why was it necessary for Him to suspend the mountain over them and warn them that if they do not accept the Torah, they would be killed?
12. What are the first fruits brought to the Temple called?
13. According to the Gemara (Shabbat 88a), Hashem lifted the mountain over the Jewish people and threatened to kill them if they did not accept the Torah. Rabbi Acha said, “This is an important defense for the Jewish people: If they should violate the Torah, they can claim that they accepted it only under duress,” implying that acceptance under duress is not considered true acceptance. Tosafot asked, “The nations of the world complained to Hashem, ‘Why didn’t You also force us (in a similar fashion) to accept the Torah?’ ” Doesn’t their complaint imply that, even if they would accept Torah due to the mountain being suspended over their heads, their acceptance would be proper and never have a claim of “duress?”
14. Torah was given on which mountain?
15. The Gemara (Pesachim 68b) informs us that on Shavuot Rabbi Yosef would make a festive meal and proclaim, “If not for this day, how many Yosefs would there be in the market place?” That is, if not for Torah, the sages might have been ordinary folk. Why was it specifically Rabbi Yosef who celebrated like this and not any of the other sages of the Talmud?
16. What is the other name of Shavuot?
17. Why is it customary to eat a dairy meal the first day of Shavuot?
18. What is the sixth commandment?
19. The holiday is also called “Yom HaBikkurim,” — “The day of the first-fruits” — (Bamidbar 28:26) as well as “Chag Hashavuot” — “festival of Shavuoth” — (Devarim 16:10), and “Zeman Matan Torateinu” — “the season of the giving of our Torah” — (in the davening and Kiddush). What is the significance of these three names?
20. For how many days is the Omer counted?
21. In many communities, it is customary to read Megillat Ruth on Shavuot (see Orach Chaim 490:9). What is the reason for this custom?
22. Who was Ruth?
23. King David died in Eretz Yisrael, where Shavuot is celebrated for only one day. Why is the story of his ancestry read on the second day of Shavuot?
24. A delicious treat associated with Shavuot is . . .
25. Eating dairy on Shavuot is?
26. What are the other names of Shavout?
27. The Lubavitcher Rebbe encouraged every Jewish man, woman, and child to:
28. In which mystical work is the period between Pesach and Shavuot viewed as the “courting days of the bridegroom Israel with the bride Torah”?
29. Which Jewish leaders passed away on Shavuot?
30. The holiday is called “Shavuot” because?
31. In the Jewish holiday cycle, it is always important to keep track of what we eat and when we eat it. I mean, we wouldn’t want Grandma to serve challah on Pesach or latkes on Rosh Hashanah. True or false: It is customary to eat meat at all meals on Shavuot.
32. If one did not have a chance to bring his holiday sacrifice to the Holy Temple on Shavuot?
33. What does Shavuot commemorate?
34. On Shavuot, it is customary to stay up all night and?
35. It is customary to stay up all night between Erev Shavuot and Shavuot morning and study Torah.
36. Shavuot coincides with?
37. It is customary to read this book of the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) on Shavuot.
38. Shavuot lasts for?
39. In many liberal Jewish communities (especially within the Reform movement in the United States), this coming-of-age ceremony also occurs on Shavuot.
40. On Shavuot, some have the custom to?
41. Coming at the end of one’s formal Hebrew School education, the Confirmation ceremony celebrates _____, and marks his or her first step into lifelong Jewish learning.
42. Let’s put Shavuot into context: it is the festival that comes after Pesach (Passover). How many days separate the two holidays (if your count begins at the second night’s Passover seder)?
43. On the Counting of the Omer (in Hebrew, S’firat haOmer): literally, an “Omer” is a unit of measure. During the Temple period, each day beginning with the second night of Pesach and ending with Shavuot, what would be taken to the Temple as a harvest offering?
44. Shavuot falls exactly seven weeks after ______, representing the time marked by the harvest season in Israel.
45. Shavuot is one of the three pilgrimage festivals in the Jewish holiday cycle. What are the other two?
46. The seven-week period between Passover and Shavuot, which we count one day at a time, is called the Counting of the ________.
47. What is the name of the liturgical poem, written in the middle ages, extolling the greatness of God, that is read on Shavuot?
48. In what Jewish month is Shavuot celebrated?
49. Stylisticly, the first 44 lines of Akadmut are written in double acrostic format, based on what?
50. What are the five names of Shavuot?
51. Akdamut poem has been attributed to?
51. What is the other meaning of the Hebrew word Shavuot mean?
52. The aesthetic of Shavuot is defined by decorating homes and synagogues with greenery and flowers. True or false: this is because Shavuot is also the birthday of the trees and corresponds with the time of first blooms in Israel.
53. When is Shavuot celebrated?
54. What is the connection between the number 7 and Shavuot?
55. Which of the commandments is “Remember the Shabbat and keep it holy”?
56. What is the Omer?
57. In the days of the Temple, what did people do on Shavuot?
58. Which commandment says that you should respect your parents?
59. Who was Ruth’s great-grandson?
60. What is the main difference between the first 5 commandments and the second 5?
61. Who was Ruth’s second husband?
62. What did the people of Israel anser when G-d asked if they want to receive the Torah?
63. Who wrote the Book of Ruth?
64. How many letters are there in the Torah?
65. What was the name of Ruth’s mother-in-law?
66. On what mountain did Moses receive the Ten Commandments?
67. To what city does Ruth travel with Naomi?
68. What is the counting of the omer, and its relationship to Shavuot?
69. The book of Ruth is read on which day?
70. What are the special observances for Shavuot?
71. Some Classical Texts Related to Shavuot
72. The 33rd day of the Omer is called
73. What type of decoration is traditionally found in the home and/or synagogue during Shavuot?
74. The late-night Shavuot study session is known as
75. By which name are the 49 steps of the Omer traditionally referred?
76. What is the reason that we eat dairy products on Shavuot?
77. How many sentences are in the Jewish version of the Ten Commandments?
78. The ritual of upsheren, associated with Lag Ba’Omer, involves:
79. For how many days is the Omer counted?
80. What was the special offering for the holiday of Shavuot in the times of the Temple?
81. Which are the custom observed on Shavuot?
82. When does the holiday of Shavuot occur?
83. Shavuot is a pilgrimage holiday. How many pilgrimage holidays are there in Judaism?
84. The Jewish holiday Shavuot celebrates “Matan Torah.” What does that mean?
85. Name the Pilgrimage holidays of Judaism?
86. Starting at the second Seder of Passover, Jews count the days until Shavuot. What do they call this counting?
87. All work is prohibited on this Shavout, true or false?
88. How long does the Jewish holiday Shavuot last?
89. The Jewish holiday Shavuot is also known as “Chag Ha-Bikurim.” What does that mean?
90. True or false, on Shavuot Jews read the Ten Commandments?
91. Jews believe the event on the first Shavuot was so loud that Moses’ father-in-law heard it. What was his name?
92. Although it is not a law, it is tradition for Jews to not eat meat on Shavuot. True or false?
93. What is the name of the Hebrew harvest festival?
94. Which Jewish festival is similar to Pentecost?
95. Where did Shavuot originate?
96. The Jews study the Torah the night before Shavout, true or false?
97. Shavuot is an agricultural holiday that commemorates the end of the counting of the Omer. True or false?