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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?



Question 1. Which Jews were the first to incorporate organs and other instruments into their liturgical practice?
 Hasidic Jews
 Sephardic Jews
 Reform Jews
 Conservative Jews

 

Question 2. 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

 

Question 3. Salamone Rossi's great claim to Jewish musical fame came with his publication in 1623 of what work?
 Ha-Shirim Asher li-Shelomo
 Shir Ha Shirim
 Haleli Nafshi
 Adon Olam

 

Question 4. Whose job was it to sing and play musical instruments as part of the Temple service?
 Poor people
 Women
 Levites
 The High Priest

 

Question 5. 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

 

Question 6. Which of these statements about Fiddler on the Roof is true?
 It is one of the three most succesful musicals in American history
 It was intended primarily for non-Jewish Broadway audiences
 It has for decades served as a Jewish cultural icon
 All of these

 

Question 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