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

 

Question 2. What is Leonard Bernstein's only work composed for the synagogue?
 Kaddish
 Jeremiah
 The Dybbuk
 Hashkivenu

 

Question 3. 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"

 

Question 4. 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

 

Question 5. Where is the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music located?
 Jerusalem
 New York City
 Tel Aviv
 Haifa

 

Question 6. Which Jews were the first to incorporate organs and other instruments into their liturgical practice?
 Hasidic Jews
 Sephardic Jews
 Reform Jews
 Conservative Jews

 

Question 7. Which musician recorded Hava Nagila as "Holiday Mambo"?
 Machito and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra
 Harry Belafonte
 Bruce Springsteen
 Bob Dylan