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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. 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 3. Before the 19th century, what was a key difference between Sephardic and Ashkenazic musical traditions?
 Only Sephardic Jews maintained a secular musical tradition based in large part on the music of their non-Jewish neighbors
 Only Ashkenazic Jews incorporated music in prayer
 Sephardic Jews allowed women to sing, Ashkenazic Jews did not
 Ashkenazic Jews sang in much higher keys than Sephardic Jews


Question 4. What is Leonard Bernstein's only work composed for the synagogue?
 The Dybbuk


Question 5. True or false: After the destruction of the Temple, the rabbis forbade the use of instruments during prayer.


Question 6. Chava Alberstein sings in which three languages?
 English, French, and Hebrew
 Yiddish, Hebrew, and English
 Polish, Hebrew, and Yiddish
 Russian, Hebrew, and Yiddish


Question 7. When Wagner claimed in his essay "Judaism in Music" that Jews could never be "true" creators because they are parasitic, Arnold Schoenberg created what musical response?
 Cain and Abel
 Moses and Aaron
 Rachel and Leah
 Jacob and Esau