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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?



Question 1. 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

 

Question 2. 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

 

Question 3. True or False: Jewish papercutting has always been limited to very rare items or ritual objects.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. What was the name of the first neighborhood established outside the Old City of Jerusalem in 1860?
 Mishkenot Sha'ananim
 Ma'a lot Dafna
 Meah Shearim
 Beit Hanina

 

Question 5. The Supreme Court building in Jerusalem was built to face both the city and the:
 Western Wall
 Independence Hall in Tel Aviv
 The Knesset (parliament)
 Mount Herzl (military cemetery)

 

Question 6. The Dura Europos synagogue is known for its
 Sculptures of Jewish philosophers
 Frescoes portraying biblical scenes
 Arches and cathedral-like architecture
 Outdoor gardens

 

Question 7. Sharon Ya'ari, winner of the 2006 Israel Prize for outstanding visual art, is best known for taking photographs of
 Israeli landscapes with an eye for photojournalism
 Israeli soldiers as models to recreate famous paintings such as The Last Supper
 Everyday symbols and ornamentation of Arab and Israeli life
 Ordinary scenes that hint at an undercurrent of anxiety always present in Israeli society

 

Question 8. 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

 

Question 9. Which biblical character was appointed to build the Tabernacle?
 Moses
 Bezalel
 Joshua
 Miriam
 Abraham

 

Question 10. 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