Jewish Music Quiz


Jewish music today extends well beyond the synagogue, to the concert halls of Israel, the Klezmer revival, and the reggae of Matisyahu. How much do you know about Jewish music?

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Qustion 1. After the Israeli War of Independence in 1948, the topics of Israeli folk songs began to shift to:

Describing the pastoral scenes of the land Describing the construction and build up of civilization in Israel, as well as the irrigation of the deserts The political reality of the new state and the desire of the Jewish people for peace Gender issues in the new state

Qustion 2. True or false: After the destruction of the Temple, the rabbis forbade the use of instruments during prayer.

True False

Qustion 3. What factor has contributed to the development of a rich tradition of classical music in Israel?

A government policy to fund "Western" music, as opposed to "Eastern" music The belief that classical music could instil Zionist values The popularity of the Eurovision competition The immigration of European musicians to Israel

Qustion 4. Who created the written notation for cantillation notes?

King Solomon Aaron the Priest The Masoretes Rabbi Akiva

Qustion 5. Before the 19th century, what was a key difference between Sephardic and Ashkenazic musical traditions?

Only Sephardic Jews maintained a secular musical tradition based in large part on the music of their non-Jewish neighbors Only Ashkenazic Jews incorporated music in prayer Sephardic Jews allowed women to sing, Ashkenazic Jews did not Ashkenazic Jews sang in much higher keys than Sephardic Jews

Qustion 6. Klezmer music was inspired by which of these?

Kibbutz life Shtetl life Life in the ghettos during the Holocaust The lives of George Gershwin and Irving Berlin

Qustion 7. Bob Dylan's 1983 album, Infidels, contains an implicitly pro-Zionist song called:

Neighborhood Bully Highway Sixty One Revisited I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine Blowin' in the Wind

Qustion 8. What are the names of the hip-hop artist Subliminal's first two albums?

"The Light and the Shadow" and "The Light From Zion" "The Sun and the Moon" and "The Star of David" "Day and Night" and "Follow the Light" "The Numbers Song" and "Kobi Shimoni"

Qustion 9. What is Leonard Bernstein's only work composed for the synagogue?

Kaddish Jeremiah The Dybbuk Hashkivenu

Qustion 10. Which Jews were the first to incorporate organs and other instruments into their liturgical practice?

Hasidic Jews Sephardic Jews Reform Jews Conservative Jews
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