Jewish Languages Quiz

From Hebrew to Aramaic, Ladino, Yiddish, and Judaeo-Arabic–how much do you know about the languages that Jews spoke in the past and continue to speak today?

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Qustion 1. Which Jewish mystic is known for developing a meditative system based on the Hebrew alphabet?

Abraham Abulafia Rabbi Isaac Luria Israel ben Eliezer Abraham ben David

Qustion 2. Who introduced the system of dots and dashes that indicate how Hebrew words should be pronounced?

Joshua (Moses' successor) Rabbi Akiba Rabbis known as the Masoretes Maimonides

Qustion 3. Up to the beginning of the 20th century, Ladino was almost always written in

A mix of characters from Hebrew and Spanish Spanish characters only Aramaic characters Hebrew characters with some modifications

Qustion 4. Who developed a vocabulary for modern Hebrew by incorporating words from ancient and medieval Hebrew, in addition to creating new words?

Rashi Mendele Mokher Seforim Eliezer ben Yehuda Moses Mendelssohn

Qustion 5. How is Hebrew written?

From left to right From right to left From above to below From below to above

Qustion 6. True or false: Ashkenazic and Sephardic Hebrew differ in pronunciation, but are identical in written form.

True False

Qustion 7. What language is the Kaddish prayer?

Aramaic Hebrew Arabic Ladino

Qustion 8. 7. Which of the following is NOT a similarity between Hebrew and Yiddish?

The two languages share the same alphabet. Both are Semitic languages, belonging to the Afroasiatic family of languages Both languages are read from right to left. Neither language uses capital letters.

Qustion 9. The first attested Jewish Aramaic texts are from:

The Jewish military outpost in Elephantine The Book of Ezra The Book of Daniel The Zohar

Qustion 10. What do the Hebrew letters khaf, mem, nun, pey, and tzade have in common?

They are all hard to pronounce for non-native Hebrew speakers They are all considered late additions to the Hebrew alphabet They are all written differently when they are at the end of a word They are the most common letters in the Tanakh
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