Jewish Theatre & Dance QuizFrom Yiddish theatre to Israeli folkdance, performing arts are a key part of Jewish self expression. How much do you know about Jewish theatre and dance?
Question 1. Which of these is a common part of Jewish wedding dancing?
The groom dances while carrying the bride on his back
The groomsmen perform a special dance for the bride, in private
The bride and groom are hoisted up on chairs
All of these
Question 2. Which Shakespearean play has received the most criticism for being anti-Semitic?
Merchant of Venice
Troilus and Cressida
Question 3. Who wrote The Jew of Malta?
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Question 4. Badhanim are
Professional wedding jesters
Question 5. Which of these biblical women is associated with dance?
Question 6. Which of these Jewish playwrights explores homophobia in his work?
Question 7. Which of these plays by Arthur Miller does not explicitly address Jewish themes, but has still been called a "Jewish" work?
The American Clock
Playing for Time
Death of a Salesman
Question 8. Which of the following religions is not represented in the play Nathan der Weise?
Question 9. True or false: The rabbis in the Talmud issued bans forbidding theatre, which they considered a sinful waste of time.
Question 10. In the 18th century, which group of Jews introduced ecstatic dancing into Jewish ritual and worship?
Jewish immigrants to America