By Laura Seymour
Each week there are thoughts in this column to make you think Jewishly. This week, take the Jewish Trivia Challenge. Good luck! (Answers are at end.)
1. What is the Jewish day of rest called?
2. Which holiday celebrates the Jewish New Year?
3. In which garden did Adam and Eve live?
4. Which Hebrew word means peace, good-bye and hello?
5. Who built an ark to save his family and the animals from a flood?
6. Which prophet was swallowed by a large fish?
7. On which holiday is the Megillah of Esther read?
8. Who was the young shepherd who killed a giant named Goliath?
9. To whom did G-d speak from a burning bush?
10. What was the departure of Moses and the Israelites from Egypt called?
11. Which holiday comes from the Hebrew word meaning booths or huts?
12. According to the Torah, who offered his son to G-d as a sacrifice?
13. What kind of bird returned to Noah and the ark with an olive branch in its beak?
14. Who was the firstborn son of Adam and Eve?
15. Where did Moses receive the Ten Commandments?
16. Who had his hair cut by Delilah while he slept?
17. Who was given a coat of many colors by his father, Jacob?
18. What is the Hebrew word for a Chanukah menorah?
19. What was the name of Adam and Eve’s third son?
20. What do you call the pointer used to read the Torah?
21. In English, what is the first word of the Sh’ma?
22. What word is said after a blessing?
23. Who was Moses’ sister?
24. Near the end of the Passover seder, for whom is a door opened?
25. How many stars must appear in the sky as a sign that Shabbat has ended?
26. Who had a dream about a ladder that reached up to heaven?
27. What is the first book of the Torah?
28. What is the Hebrew word for charity?
29. What does the word rabbi mean?
30. In the Book of Genesis, whose wife turned into a pillar of salt?
31. What is the Hebrew name given to a Jewish prayer book?
32. What is the Hebrew word for the canopy used in marriage ceremonies?
33. What does the word Havdallah mean?
34. Which holiday is known as “the Feast of Weeks” and comes seven weeks after Passover?
35. Who was Abraham’s wife and Isaac’s mother?
36. How many sons did Jacob have?
37. The ancient walls of which city fell down when Joshua shouted and people blew shofars?
38. Which person in the Bible was also known as Israel?
39. What were the names of Isaac and Rebekah’s two sons?
40. Who succeeded Moses and led the Jewish people back to Canaan?
41. What are the two official languages of Israel?
42. Which book of the Bible is read during Shavuot?
43. What was the name of Joseph’s youngest brother?
44. What was the name of Moses’ wife?
45. How many daughters did Jacob have?
1: Shabbat. 2: Rosh Hashanah. 3: The Garden of Eden. 4: Shalom. 5: Noah. 6: Jonah. 7: Purim. 8: David. 9: Moses. 10: Exodus. 11: Sukkot. 12: Abraham. 13: Dove. 14: Cain. 15: Mt. Sinai. 16: Samson. 17: Joseph. 18: Chanukiah. 19: Seth. 20: Yad (hand). 21: Hear. 22: Amen. 23: Miriam. 24: Elijah. 25: Three. 26: Jacob. 27: Genesis or Beresheet. 28: Tzedakah. 29: Teacher. 30: Lot. 31: Siddur. 32: Chuppah. 33: Separate. 34: Shavuot. 35: Sarah. 36: Twelve. 37: Jericho. 38: Jacob. 39: Jacob and Esau. 40: Joshua. 41: Hebrew and Arabic. 42: Book of Ruth. 43: Benjamin. 44: Zipporah. 45: One — Dinah.
Laura Seymour is director of camping services and Jewish life and learning at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas.