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: When it was published, the legal authority of the Shulhan Arukh was not universally accepted.

True False

Qustion 2. Which secular subject was the Vilna Gaon well-versed in?

Mathematics Astronomy Botany Zoology All of the above

Qustion 3. Who was Rabbi Moshe Feinstein?

Author of a collection of halakhic responsa An Orthodox legal authority who advocated a strict stance vis-a-vis non-Orthodox Judaism The foremost 20th century authority on Jewish law All of these

Qustion 4. What is Gates of Mitzvah?

A medieval book that first gave rabbis a set of guidelines for administering halakhah The first known book of halakhah written in the post-talmudic era A Reform popular guide to religious practice The Orthodox Union's guide to answering halakhic questions

Qustion 5. 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

Qustion 6. 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 7. What was Rabbi Moshe Feinstein's ruling regarding taking out life insurance?

It violates the principle of trusting in God It is like any other business transaction--God helps those who help themselves It is not forbidden, but is frowned upon, as a form of gambling He never issued a ruling regarding life insurance

Qustion 8. Which of these rabbis authored works on Reform Jewish practice?

Ovadiah Yosef Solomon Freehof Isaac Klein Moshe Feinstein

Qustion 9. True or false: While early Reform leaders rejected halakhah outright, more recent Reform leaders have argued that halakhah is still important.

True False

Qustion 10. In the biblical story of the Daughters of Zelophehad, how do the title characters settle their halakhic dispute?

They use the Sanhedrin court, its first known mention They create an altar and pray for an answer Their husbands take the case to Moses and Aaron They take the matter to Moses, who brings it directly to God
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