Jewish Art Quiz

The earliest pieces of Jewish art were religious objects–Torah adornments, marriage certificates, tombstones–that were illuminated. Relatively recently, “art for art's sake” became a concept–and the Jewish world quickly adapted, producing such notable talents as Marc Chagall and Yaacov Agam. How much do you know about Jewish art?

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Qustion 1. How did Moshe Kupferman express his experience in Polish concentration camps through his paintings?

He employed muted colors and geometric formations He only painted in shades of black He used finger painting and other child-like qualities to represent a loss of innocence He blended photography, newspaper clippings, and other mediums into his work

Qustion 2. When did the elaborate traditions of creating Jewish art such as illuminated ketubot and ornate silver Torah crowns and breastplates begin?

Biblical times The Middle Ages During the European Renaissance During the period of immigration to America

Qustion 3. A shivviti hanging in a synagogue would use these Hebrew letters

Aleph, Bet, Gimel, Daled Yud, Hay, Vav, Hay Shin, Lamed, Vav, Mem Shin, Vav, Vav, Tav Bet, Reish, Vav, Chaf

Qustion 4. What does hiddur mitzvah mean?

Observing God's commandments to the fullest extent one possibly can The beautification of the commandments A prohibition against artistic creations The mitzvah of putting Jewish art inside one's home

Qustion 5. Some Jewish homes have a mizrach hanging on the wall, which is meant to remind people

Of all of the suffering Jews have faced throughout history What time to light Shabbat candles Which way to direct their prayers (to the east) Of their Jewish heritage

Qustion 6. Which object is described as a piece of art made by Moses himself

The Ten Commandments The Temple entryway The Bronze Serpent The Burning Bush The Golden Calf

Qustion 7. Who was Moshe Safdie?

Israel's first internationally-known glass blower Israel's first internationally-known architect Israel's first internationally-known sculptor Israel's first internationally-known photographer

Qustion 8. Who is often thought of as the "first Jewish painter?"

Marc Chagall Daniel Moritz Oppenheim Mark Rothko Peter Max Chaim Soutine

Qustion 9. Archie Rand is famous for painting a synagogue mural in which American city?

San Francisco, California Newport, Rhode Island Brooklyn, New York Dallas, Texas

Qustion 10. Which city in Israel was built initially as a reproduction of Eastern European cities like Odessa, Moscow, and Warsaw?

Tel Aviv Haifa Jerusalem Eilat Beersheva
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