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


Question 2. 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


Question 3. True or false: Yom Hazikaron, Yom Ha'atzmaut, and Yom Yerushalayim are always within the period of the Omer.


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 poem commemorating Israel's dead has been traditionally read on Yom Hazikaron?
 "The Silver Platter."
 "Jerusalem of Gold."
 "For Yitzchak."
 "Shalom (Salaam)."


Question 6. When did Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) first come into existence?
 After Israel won the War of Independence
 When the British Mandate in Palestine ended
 After the Six-Day War
 After the First Intifada


Question 7. In modern times, Tu B’av slightly resembles what holiday in English-speaking countries?
 Valentine’s Day
 Veteran’s Day