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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. What types of public venues in Israel are closed on Yom Hashoah?
 Restaurants that serve meat
 All stores and outlets
 Non-kosher restaurants
 Theatres, pubs, and cinemas

 

Question 2. Who do we remember on Yom Hazikaron?
 The victims of the Holocaust.
 The victims of anti-Jewish pogroms throughout history.
 The fallen at Masada.
 The soldiers of Israel's armed forces who have died.

 

Question 3. The first siddur to include a prayer for the government is from
 The 5th century
 The 14th century
 The 18th century
 The Holocaust-era

 

Question 4. 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 5. In the Second Temple period, what kind of holiday was Tu Bav?
 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 6. True or false: Yom Hazikaron, Yom Ha'atzmaut, and Yom Yerushalayim are always within the period of the Omer.
 True
 False

 

Question 7. In Israel, how does the transition from Yom Hazikaron to Yom Ha'atzmaut take place?
 At a ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, where the flag is raised from half mast to the top of the flagpole
 At a torch-lighting ceremony at the Knesset
 At a huge daytime parade with music and speeches
 With the ceremony that grants the "Israel Prize," recognizing individual Israelis for their unique contribution to the country's culture, science, arts, and the humanities