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. Which event brought Cantor Yosselle Rosenblatt to the attention of the New York Times in 1917?
His refusal of Cleofonte Campanini's offer to sing the lead at the Chicago Opera
His appearance at the New York Public Library for the War Savings Stamp Campaign, when he sang "The Star Spangled Banner"
Leading the prayer service at the First Hungarian Congregation Ohab Zedek, one of New York's premier synagogues
When he sang before a crowd of 6,000 at the Hippodrome Theater to raise funds for Jews suffering in Europe
Question 2. 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 3. Which of these is an example of song in the Bible?
Abraham singing to God as he attempted to sacrifice Isaac
Moses and Miriam leading the people in song after the exodus from Egypt
The Israelites singing their complaints to God in the desert
All of these
Question 4. Klezmer music was inspired by which of these?
Life in the ghettos during the Holocaust
The lives of George Gershwin and Irving Berlin
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
Question 6. Which musician recorded Hava Nagila as "Holiday Mambo"?
Machito and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra
Question 7. When Wagner claimed in his essay "Judaism in Music" that Jews could never be "true" creators because they are parasitic, Arnold Schoenberg created what musical response?
Cain and Abel
Moses and Aaron
Rachel and Leah
Jacob and Esau