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Jewish Music Quiz

Jewish music today extends well beyond the synagogue, to the concert halls of Israel, the Klezmer revival, and the reggae of Matisyahu. How much do you know about Jewish music?



Question 1. Hava Nagila began as:
 A Hasidic melody in Eastern Europe
 A folk melody from the Zionist movement
 A revolution song sung by the Jews in concentration camps
 A biblical melody sung by the priests in the Temple

 

Question 2. Chava Alberstein sings in which three languages?
 English, French, and Hebrew
 Yiddish, Hebrew, and English
 Polish, Hebrew, and Yiddish
 Russian, Hebrew, and Yiddish

 

Question 3. Which musician recorded Hava Nagila as "Holiday Mambo"?
 Machito and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra
 Harry Belafonte
 Bruce Springsteen
 Bob Dylan

 

Question 4. Which of these facts about Debbie Friedman is NOT true?
 Her "Alef bet" song has appeared on Barney the Dinosaur's TV show
 Her compositions have become a lasting part of the Reform movement's liturgy
 Her version of "V'ahavta" was co-written with James Taylor
 She learned to play guitar at Jewish summer camp

 

Question 5. Salamone Rossi's great claim to Jewish musical fame came with his publication in 1623 of what work?
 Ha-Shirim Asher li-Shelomo
 Shir Ha Shirim
 Haleli Nafshi
 Adon Olam

 

Question 6. What are the names of the hip-hop artist Subliminal's first two albums?
 "The Light and the Shadow" and "The Light From Zion"
 "The Sun and the Moon" and "The Star of David"
 "Day and Night" and "Follow the Light"
 "The Numbers Song" and "Kobi Shimoni"

 

Question 7. Whose job was it to sing and play musical instruments as part of the Temple service?
 Poor people
 Women
 Levites
 The High Priest