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Modern Holidays Quiz

Contemporary Jews observe holidays that commemorate events in recent Jewish history such as the Holocaust and the creation of the State of Israel. How much do you know about modern Jewish holidays?

Question 1. When did Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) first come into existence?
 After Israel won the War of Independence
 When the British Mandate in Palestine ended
 After the Six-Day War
 After the First Intifada


Question 2. When is Yom Hashoah, in relation to other holidays on the Jewish calendar?
 A week after the first day of Passover, and a week before Shavuot
 A week after the seventh day of Passover, and a week before Yom Hazikaron
 A week after the seventh day of Sukkot, and one day before Simchat Torah
 Five days after Rosh Hashanah, and five days before Yom Kippur


Question 3. In Israel, which of these is always true?
 Yom Hazikaron always comes right before Yom Ha'atzmaut.
 Yom Yerushalayim always comes the day after Yom Ha'atzmaut.
 Yom Yerushalayim and Yom Ha'atzmaut are the same day.
 Yom Hazikaron is always on Shabbat.


Question 4. What was the event that precipitated the celebration of Yom Yerushalayim?
 The dedication of the Second Temple (515 B.C.E.).
 The reunification of Jerusalem (1967).
 The day that the modern State of Israel was founded (1948).
 All of the above.
 None of the above.


Question 5. What is Yom Hashoah?
 Israeli Independence Day
 Jerusalem Day
 Holocaust Remembrance Day
 The Jewish birthday for trees


Question 6. The Israeli Knesset declared that Yom Hazikaron should fall on what date every year?
 The 4th of Iyar
 The 14th of Tammuz
 The 10th of Tishrei
 The 25th of Kislev


Question 7. What poem, by Nathan Alterman, has been a common reading for Yom Hazikaron ceremonies?
 Magash Hakesef
 Kaddish DíRabanan