Halakhah Quiz

Jewish authorities have produced over time a major body of legal texts, governing nearly every aspect of Jewish practice–or Halakhah. How much do you know about Jewish law and its foundational texts?

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Qustion 1. True or false: While early Reform leaders rejected halakhah outright, more recent Reform leaders have argued that halakhah is still important.

True False

Qustion 2. Why, according to its author, was the Shulhan Arukh written?

In order to instill a uniform halakhic code for all Jews Because the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and their subsequent dispersion among Ashkenazic communities had caused confusion about the rules of observance Because rabbis had become scarce, and Jews needed an easy way to answer their questions To create a break from the strict rabbinical system of answering questions through the local town rabbi

Qustion 3. What does the Conservative movement believe about halakhah?

It lost its relevance for the current generation. It continues to be relevant, but is not static. It is an Orthodox fabrication. It is a Reform fabrication.

Qustion 4. Which is a handbook for Conservative rabbis?

Sefer Ha-Sh'iltot Moreh Derekh Iggerot Moshe Etz Hayyim Humash

Qustion 5. What is a luach?

An order of excommunication A legal guide to Jewish lifestyle practices A Jewish calendar A new proposed halakhic ruling

Qustion 6. Which movement attempted to claim the Vilna Gaon as an ancestor?

Conservative Judaism Haskalah Hasidism Jewish Renewal

Qustion 7. While studying halakhah, which of the following did the yeshivas of Lithuania emphasize in the 1800s and early 1900s?

Practical application Theoretical application They emphasized both equally

Qustion 8. Who was the Rif?

A North African rabbi who wrote a book of Jewish law The foremost commentator on the Torah and Prophets The Safed-based compiler of the Shulhan Arukh The first person to determine how to tie tzitzit

Qustion 9. Which of these is NOT an important halakhic text produced in the Middle Ages?

Tur Shulhan Arukh Igrot Moshe Mishneh Torah

Qustion 10. What was the central argument of Rabbi Zecharias Frankel's "Positive-Historical" approach to Judaism?

Halakhah is a remnant of an old, antiquated view of Judaism Halakhah was valid for an earlier time, but times have changed Halakhah is binding, but halakhic change can happen in accordance with Judaism's organic nature Halakhah can be used to analyze the situation of the Jews at a certain point in history
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