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. Which Jews were the first to incorporate organs and other instruments into their liturgical practice?
Question 2. 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 3. Who created the written notation for cantillation notes?
Aaron the Priest
Question 4. Whose job was it to sing and play musical instruments as part of the Temple service?
The High Priest
Question 5. Which event brought Cantor Yosselle Rosenblatt to the attention of the New York Times in 1917?
His refusal of Cleofonte Campanini's offer to sing the lead at the Chicago Opera
His appearance at the New York Public Library for the War Savings Stamp Campaign, when he sang "The Star Spangled Banner"
Leading the prayer service at the First Hungarian Congregation Ohab Zedek, one of New York's premier synagogues
When he sang before a crowd of 6,000 at the Hippodrome Theater to raise funds for Jews suffering in Europe
Question 6. 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
Question 7. Which song, written by Naomi Shemer, is most often associated with the Six-Day War?
Jerusalem of Gold