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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 poem, by Nathan Alterman, has been a common reading for Yom Hazikaron ceremonies?
 Hare'ut
 Hatikvah
 Magash Hakesef
 Kaddish D’Rabanan

 

Question 2. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel decided this should be said on Yom Ha’atzmaut?
 Yizkor
 Hallel
 Selichot
 Al HaNissim
 Tal

 

Question 3. The first official ceremony in Israel marking Yom Hazikaron took place at
 Mount Herzl
 The Western Wall
 The Hall of Independence
 Sde Boker
 The Great Synagogue

 

Question 4. In the Second Temple period, what kind of holiday was Tu B’av?
 A day when the majority of couples got married
 A matchmaking day for unmarried people
 A day for offering special sacrifices in the Temple
 A day when farmers and artisans would bring their goods to Jerusalem and sell them

 

Question 5. 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 6. True or False: It is common to light memorial candles on Yom HaShoah
 True
 False

 

Question 7. 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.