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

Tur Shulhan Arukh Igrot Moshe Mishneh Torah

Qustion 2. 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

Qustion 3. Which is a handbook for Conservative rabbis?

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

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

True False

Qustion 6. The Geonim were halakhic leaders in what places?

Israel and Babylonia Germany and France Poland and Russia Babylonia and North Africa

Qustion 7. Which of these rabbis authored works on Reform Jewish practice?

Ovadiah Yosef Solomon Freehof Isaac Klein Moshe Feinstein

Qustion 8. 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 9. Which of these primary halakhic texts was written first?

Arba'ah Turim Shulhan Arukh Mishneh Torah Igrot Moshe

Qustion 10. What was the first period of halakhic productivity after the close of the Talmud?

The Haskalah The geonic period The redaction of the Mishnah The period just after the Jews' expulsion from Spain
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