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. In which area was the Vilna Gaon critical of Maimonides?

In Maimonides' application of science to Jewish law In Maimonides' rejection of amulets and demons In Maimonides' attempts to theorize the existence of God in scientific terms In Maimonides' reliance on gentile medicines

Qustion 2. What is the central difference between the code of law written by Joseph Caro, and the gloss to that code written by Moshe Isserles?

On nearly every matter of practice, Caro is more strict than Isserles Caro did not cite sources, Isserles did Caro was considered one of the Geonim, Isserles was considered a medieval halakhic authority Caro wrote for Sephardic communities, Isserles presented the positions of Ashkenazic authorities

Qustion 3. What do most scholars believe about the She'iltot?

It was meant as a specific legal code for one community It was originally a collection of sermons It was originally one extended discourse It was first discovered with the Dead Sea Scrolls

Qustion 4. Who wrote the Shulhan Arukh?

Maimonides Joseph Caro Judah the Prince Nahman of Braslav

Qustion 5. 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 6. Which 17th-century rabbi helped define halakhot about how Sephardic and Ashkenazic rabbis may react with each other?

Joseph di Trani Zvi Hirsch Ashkenazi Yom Tob Algazi Joseph Caro

Qustion 7. 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 8. How many voting members serve on Committee of Jewish Law and Standards for the Conservative Movement?

3 18 25 70 120

Qustion 9. What does Shulhan Arukh literally mean?

The Guided Learning The Codex Judaicus The Final Word The Set Table

Qustion 10. Which of the following compilers of halakhah was careful to cite the sources in his work?

Maimonides (Mishneh Torah) Rabbi Moshe Feinstein (Igrot Moshe) Joseph di Trani (Maharit) Yehiel Mekhel Epstein (Arukh HaShulhan)
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