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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. Yom Hazikaron takes place the day before which holiday?
 Shemini Atzeret
 Yom Kippur
 Tu B’av
 Yom Ha’atzmaut


Question 2. 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 3. Who do we remember on Yom Hazikaron?
 The victims of the Holocaust.
 The victims of anti-Jewish pogroms throughout history.
 The fallen at Masada.
 The soldiers of Israel's armed forces who have died.


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


Question 5. What is the only change to the prayer liturgy on Tu B'Av?
 A special Torah reading.
 A blessing to God to ask to find true love.
 The absence of the penitential Tahanun prayer.
 The recitation of Hallel, or thanksgiving prayers.


Question 6. Yom Hazikaron is a memorial day for
 Those who lost their lives in the struggle that led to the establishment of the State of Israel
 Those who were killed while in active duty in Israel's armed forces
 Those who died in the sieges of Jerusalem during the destruction of the First and Second Temples
 A & B
 A, B, & C


Question 7. 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.