Jewish Art QuizThe 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.
Question 4. What was the name of the first neighborhood established outside the Old City of Jerusalem in 1860?
Ma'a lot Dafna
Question 5. The Supreme Court building in Jerusalem was built to face both the city and the:
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
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?
Question 10. When did the elaborate traditions of creating Jewish art such as illuminated ketubot and ornate silver Torah crowns and breastplates begin?
The Middle Ages
During the European Renaissance
During the period of immigration to America