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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. 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 2. 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 3. In modern times, Tu Bíav slightly resembles what holiday in English-speaking countries?
 Valentineís Day
 Halloween
 Thanksgiving
 Veteranís Day

 

Question 4. In Israel, how does the transition from Yom Hazikaron to Yom Ha'atzmaut take place?
 At a ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, where the flag is raised from half mast to the top of the flagpole
 At a torch-lighting ceremony at the Knesset
 At a huge daytime parade with music and speeches
 With the ceremony that grants the "Israel Prize," recognizing individual Israelis for their unique contribution to the country's culture, science, arts, and the humanities

 

Question 5. The first siddur to include a prayer for the government is from
 The 5th century
 The 14th century
 The 18th century
 The Holocaust-era

 

Question 6. What poem, by Nathan Alterman, has been a common reading for Yom Hazikaron ceremonies?
 Hare'ut
 Hatikvah
 Magash Hakesef
 Kaddish DíRabanan

 

Question 7. True or False: It is common to light memorial candles on Yom HaShoah
 True
 False