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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. True or false: In Israel, Independence Day is a formal holiday, so almost everyone has work and school off.


Question 2. What is the origin of Tu B'Av?
 It was started on early Israeli kibbutzim as a Jewish Valentine's Day.
 It was a matchmaking day for unmarried women in the second Temple period.
 The date was adopted by the First Zionist Congress.
 It was originally produced by JDate.
 None of the above.


Question 3. The Mishnah teaches that on the 15th of Av, the daughters of Jerusalem would wear
 Black robes
 White clothing
 Natural fibers
 Straw hats
 No leather


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. Which Jewish movement created Megillat Hashoah (The Holocaust Scroll), which contains personal recollections of Holocaust survivors and is written in biblical style?


Question 6. What is Israel’s independence day called?
 Tu B’av
 Tisha B’av
 Yom Tov
 Yom Ha’atzmaut


Question 7. 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