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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. Original proposals for Yom HaShoah had it closer to the holiday of
 Sukkot
 Shavuot
 Passover
 Hanukkah
 Purim

 

Question 2. What types of public venues in Israel are closed on Yom Hashoah?
 Restaurants that serve meat
 All stores and outlets
 Non-kosher restaurants
 Theatres, pubs, and cinemas

 

Question 3. 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 4. True or false: Yom Hazikaron, Yom Ha'atzmaut, and Yom Yerushalayim are always within the period of the Omer.
 True
 False

 

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. 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 7. 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