Weekly Quiz

Yom Yerushalayim

What takes place during religious services on Yom Yerushalayim in Israel?

A. Hallel and the longer Shabbat/Yom Tov version of the Pesukei D'Zimra prayers are added to the regular service.

B. Hallel is added to the regular service and the shofar is sounded.

C. Hallel and Shechecheyanu are added to the regular service.

D. Nothing, as Yom Yerushalayim is a secular Israeli holiday.

E. No one knows because everyone is spending the holiday enjoying the sales at the malls.

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Lag B'Omer

Which of the following are all customs associated with Lag B’Omer?

APlanting spring flowers, organizing children's parades, and lighting bonfires.

BPlaying with a bow and arrow, listening to live music, and making a pilgrimage to the tomb of Rabbi Mencahem Mendel Schneerson, the former Lubavitcher Rebbe.

CDonating 13 gallons of liquid refreshment, getting married, and giving 3-year-old boys their first haircut.

DGiving 3-year-old boys their first haircut, singing the song Bar Yochai, and planting spring flowers.

EShooting your enemies with a bow and arrow, cutting their hair, and throwing their furniture into a bonfire.

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Mother’s Day

How did the Israeli Mother's Day holiday begin?

A. A 9-year-old girl named Rachel Golan wrote a letter to the Yedioth Achronot newspaper suggesting the creation of a Mother's Day holiday in honor of Eve, the first mother in the Bible.

B. An 11-year-old girl named Nechama Biedermann wrote a letter to the Haaretz newspaper suggesting the creation of a Mother's Day holiday in honor of Henrietta Szold, who was a leader in the Youth Aliyah movement.

C. A 13-year-old girl named Yehudit Shahar wrote a letter to the Maariv newspaper suggesting the creation of a Mother's Day holiday in honor of Golda Meir, considered by many to be the "First Mother" of Israel.

D. A 12-year-old girl named Shulamit Cohen wrote a letter to the Jerusalem Post newspaper suggesting the creation of a Mother's Day holiday in honor of her mother, who had fought and died in the Israeli War of Independence in 1948.

E. An 8-year-old girl named Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the Sun newspaper asking if Mother’s Day really existed, and received a response saying, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Mother's Day.”

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Yom Ha'atzmaut

Sorry - missed the usual Monday posting (on vacation), but didn’t want to let Israel’s Independence Day pass without notice!

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Who fought in Israel's War of Independence, and later went on to fame using scissors?

A. Tailor Levi Strauss.

B. Hedge trimmer Edward Scissorhands.

C. Seamstress and fashion designer Elie Tahari.

D. Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon.

E. Mohel Shmuley Grubnick.

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