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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. What is the Hebrew date of the formal establishment of the State of Israel, and the day on which independence is celebrated?
 The 15th of Adar
 The 5th of Iyar
 The 19th of Adar II
 The 20th of Shvat


Question 2. What is Yom Hashoah?
 Israeli Independence Day
 Jerusalem Day
 Holocaust Remembrance Day
 The Jewish birthday for trees


Question 3. Original proposals for Yom HaShoah had it closer to the holiday of


Question 4. What poem, by Nathan Alterman, has been a common reading for Yom Hazikaron ceremonies?
 Magash Hakesef
 Kaddish DíRabanan


Question 5. What is the National Bible Quiz?
 A tournament in which ultra-Orthodox students vie about Torah and Talmud.
 A spelling bee-like competition of Jewish students from around the world based on the Tanakh.
 A television game show that culminates on Yom Ha'atzmaut.
 A yearly questionnaire that every Israeli citizen receives in the mail.


Question 6. Which of these holidays does NOT begin on the 15th day of the Hebrew month in which it occurs?
 Yom Yerushalayim
 Tu B'Av


Question 7. What is the origin of Tu B'Av?
 It was started on early Israeli kibbutzim as a Jewish Valentine's Day.
 It was a matchmaking day for unmarried women in the second Temple period.
 The date was adopted by the First Zionist Congress.
 It was originally produced by JDate.
 None of the above.