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. 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 2. 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 3. Which composition by George Gershwin is a fusion of European classical music with pop, jazz, and blues?
Porgy and Bess
Rhapsody in Blue
The Jazz Singer
Question 4. True or false: After the destruction of the Temple, the rabbis forbade the use of instruments during prayer.
Question 5. 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
Question 6. Which of the following songwriters is not Jewish?
Question 7. 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