Jewish Music QuizJewish 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?
Question 1. True or false: After the destruction of the Temple, the rabbis forbade the use of instruments during prayer.
Question 2. Hava Nagila began as:
A Hasidic melody in Eastern Europe
A folk melody from the Zionist movement
A revolution song sung by the Jews in concentration camps
A biblical melody sung by the priests in the Temple
Question 3. Which song, written by Naomi Shemer, is most often associated with the Six-Day War?
Jerusalem of Gold
Question 4. Henry Sapoznik's klezmer band, Kapelye, appeared in which Hollywood version of a famous novel?
Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion
Chaim Potok's The Chosen
Myron S. Kaufmann's Remember Me to God
Leon Uris' Exodus
Question 5. What is Leonard Bernstein's only work composed for the synagogue?
Question 6. Which musician recorded Hava Nagila as "Holiday Mambo"?
Machito and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra
Question 7. 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