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

 

Question 2. In Israel, which of these is always true?
 Yom Hazikaron always comes right before Yom Ha'atzmaut.
 Yom Yerushalayim always comes the day after Yom Ha'atzmaut.
 Yom Yerushalayim and Yom Ha'atzmaut are the same day.
 Yom Hazikaron is always on Shabbat.

 

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 Chief Rabbinate of Israel decided this should be said on Yom Ha’atzmaut?
 Yizkor
 Hallel
 Selichot
 Al HaNissim
 Tal

 

Question 5. 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

 

Question 6. What is Yom Hashoah?
 Israeli Independence Day
 Jerusalem Day
 Holocaust Remembrance Day
 The Jewish birthday for trees

 

Question 7. What was the event that precipitated the celebration of Yom Yerushalayim?
 The dedication of the Second Temple (515 B.C.E.).
 The reunification of Jerusalem (1967).
 The day that the modern State of Israel was founded (1948).
 All of the above.
 None of the above.