My Jewish Learning

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


Question 2. Which Jews were the first to incorporate organs and other instruments into their liturgical practice?
 Hasidic Jews
 Sephardic Jews
 Reform Jews
 Conservative Jews


Question 3. 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 4. Which of these statements about Fiddler on the Roof is true?
 It is one of the three most succesful musicals in American history
 It was intended primarily for non-Jewish Broadway audiences
 It has for decades served as a Jewish cultural icon
 All of these


Question 5. 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 6. What is Leonard Bernstein's only work composed for the synagogue?
 The Dybbuk


Question 7. After the Israeli War of Independence in 1948, the topics of Israeli folk songs began to shift to:
 Describing the pastoral scenes of the land
 Describing the construction and build up of civilization in Israel, as well as the irrigation of the deserts
 The political reality of the new state and the desire of the Jewish people for peace
 Gender issues in the new state