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. Where is the only Ladino newspaper in the world published?

Madrid Tel Aviv Istanbul Jerusalem

Qustion 2. What language is the Kaddish prayer?

Aramaic Hebrew Arabic Ladino

Qustion 3. Which of these Jewish thinkers berates modern Jews for neglecting the Hebrew language and, in so doing, becoming Jewishly illiterate?

Leon Wieseltier Jenna Weissman Joselit Joseph Soloveitchik Abraham Geiger

Qustion 4. Prior to the Holocaust, what percentage of world Jewry spoke Yiddish?

30% 75% 90% 50%

Qustion 5. What language is the Book of Daniel written in?

Arabic Aramaic Hebrew Judeo-Greek

Qustion 6. Moses Mendelsshon was the first person to translate the Torah into which language?

Russian English German Czech

Qustion 7. In the Middle Ages, Hebrew was used primarily for what?

Day-to-day conversations Written correspondence Ritual and religious purposes None of the above

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. What was the original name of the block letters used in Torah scrolls and most printed Hebrew texts?

Ktav ashuri Ktav ivri Lashon ha-kodesh Ivrit

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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