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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 is the only change to the prayer liturgy on Tu B'Av?
 A special Torah reading.
 A blessing to God to ask to find true love.
 The absence of the penitential Tahanun prayer.
 The recitation of Hallel, or thanksgiving prayers.


Question 2. True or False: It is common to light memorial candles on Yom HaShoah


Question 3. When do the two sirens go off in Israel on Yom Hazikaron?
 8:00 P.M. and 11 A.M.
 8:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M.
 Sunset and Sunrise
 10:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.


Question 4. Yom Hazikaron takes place the day before which holiday?
 Shemini Atzeret
 Yom Kippur
 Tu B’av
 Yom Ha’atzmaut


Question 5. Yom Ha'atzmaut is the anniversary of whose announcement of the creation of State of Israel?
 Moshe Dayan
 Golda Meir
 David Ben-Gurion
 Tzipi Livni
 None of the above.


Question 6. 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 7. Original proposals for Yom HaShoah had it closer to the holiday of