1. Give all the names of the festival.
  2. Why is the festival given these names?
  3. Why are we instructed to specially enjoy ourselves on Succot?
  4. What are the Mitzvot connected with Succot?
  5. Why is the festival in Tishrei, and not in Nisan, when we left Egypt?
  6. Give the names of the arba'a minim (four species), as known in Modern Hebrew and as they are written in the Torah.
  7. Why do we live in the Succah?
  8. How are the arba'a minim (four species) connected to Succot?
  9. What type of people are symbolised by the arba'a minim (four species), and how?
  10. At the end of Yom Kippur we fix the first nail in the succah. Why?
  11. Who is exempt from the law of the succah, and why?
  12. What do we do in the succah, in order to observe the Mitzvah of succah?
  13. Explain the expression 'meal' and 'snack' (in connection with the succah).
  14. How many walls must a succah have to be kosher? (Hint: the word succah, as written in Hebrew).
  15. From which source do we learn that the arba'a minim (four species) should be of quality and good appearance?
  16. What disqualifies a lulav, an etrog (citron), a hadass (myrtle) and an aravah (willow)? (Give at least one example for each of the four.)
  17. Why are the arba'a minim (four species) bound together?
  18. What brachot (blessings) are said when the lulav is taken?
  19. Why is the lulav not blessed on Shabbat?
  20. Why do we say the brachah 'al netilat lulav' (i.e. mention just the lulav), when there are arba'a minim (four species)?
  21. What was the reason for the custom of libation (pouring water) onto the altar?
  22. What was the ancient custom of Simchat Beit Hashoevah?(see Mishnah Succah 5) .
  23. Why were 70 bulls brought (as part of the additional sacrifices) on Succot?
  24. 'These are G-d's festivals which you are to call a Holy Assembly' Leviticus 23:37, refers to Chol Hamo'ed (the Intermediate Days) to teach that certain activities (similar to those prohibited on Shabbat) are forbidden. (Talmud Haggigah 18a)
    In what circumstances did the Rabbis allow such activities to be preformed on Chol Hamoed?
  25. What is the Mitzvah of the aravah (willow), apart from its use as part of the arba'a minim (four species)? (See Mishnah Succah 4:5, 6.)
  26. Why is the seventh day of Succot called Hoshana Rabbah?
  27. What is the Tikkun (special prayer-book) for the night of Hoshana Rabbah?
  28. Why is Megillat Kohelet (the Scroll of Ecclesiastes) read on the Shabbat of Succot?
  29. Who are the Ushpizin? Why do they visit us on Succot?





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