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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. 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?
 Shir L'Shalom
 Ammunition Hill
 Hora He'achuzut
 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?
 Kaddish
 Jeremiah
 The Dybbuk
 Hashkivenu

 

Question 6. Which musician recorded Hava Nagila as "Holiday Mambo"?
 Machito and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra
 Harry Belafonte
 Bruce Springsteen
 Bob Dylan

 

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