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. Whose job was it to sing and play musical instruments as part of the Temple service?

Poor people Women Levites The High Priest

Qustion 2. What are nigunim?

Notes for chanting the Torah, haftarah, and other Jewish sacred texts Wordless or nearly wordless musical tunes, sometimes set to short phrases in Hebrew or Yiddish Excerpts of Jewish prayers set to secular music Music composed by the professional cantorial league

Qustion 3. 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 4. True or false: After the destruction of the Temple, the rabbis forbade the use of instruments during prayer.

True False

Qustion 5. 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 6. Which of these facts about Debbie Friedman is NOT true?

Her "Alef bet" song has appeared on Barney the Dinosaur's TV show Her compositions have become a lasting part of the Reform movement's liturgy Her version of "V'ahavta" was co-written with James Taylor She learned to play guitar at Jewish summer camp

Qustion 7. Which musician recorded Hava Nagila as "Holiday Mambo"?

Machito and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra Harry Belafonte Bruce Springsteen Bob Dylan

Qustion 8. Chava Alberstein sings in which three languages?

English, French, and Hebrew Yiddish, Hebrew, and English Polish, Hebrew, and Yiddish Russian, Hebrew, and Yiddish

Qustion 9. What is the Hebrew name for the melodies to which traditional prayers are chanted?

Nusah Shaharit Trope Shiriyah

Qustion 10. Which of these is an example of song in the Bible?

Abraham singing to God as he attempted to sacrifice Isaac Moses and Miriam leading the people in song after the exodus from Egypt The Israelites singing their complaints to God in the desert All of these
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