Jewish Music QuizJewish 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?
The High Priest
Question 2. Which Jews were the first to incorporate organs and other instruments into their liturgical practice?
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?
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