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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. 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 2. Often said on Yom Yerushalayim, ir shehubrah lah yahdai means
 A city that is compact together
 A city that is very pretty
 A city that has a wall
 A city in Israel
 Jerusalem, our holy capital


Question 3. When is Yom Hashoah, in relation to other holidays on the Jewish calendar?
 A week after the first day of Passover, and a week before Shavuot
 A week after the seventh day of Passover, and a week before Yom Hazikaron
 A week after the seventh day of Sukkot, and one day before Simchat Torah
 Five days after Rosh Hashanah, and five days before Yom Kippur


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. What poem, by Nathan Alterman, has been a common reading for Yom Hazikaron ceremonies?
 Magash Hakesef
 Kaddish D’Rabanan


Question 6. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel decided this should be said on Yom Ha’atzmaut?
 Al HaNissim


Question 7. What is Israel’s independence day called?
 Tu B’av
 Tisha B’av
 Yom Tov
 Yom Ha’atzmaut