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. What does "Rashi script" refer to?

The formal square or block letter hand of Hebrew The semi-cursive hand found in Rabbinic texts The cursive, flowing hand for everyday correspondence The common "Hebrew-style" computer font

Qustion 2. 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 3. 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 4. 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 5. Which is NOT a name for Ladino?

Spanyol Judezmo Solitreo Judió

Qustion 6. Rabbinic literature refers to Hebrew as lashon ha-kodesh, which means

The only language The holy language The language of the Chosen God's language

Qustion 7. 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 8. Which of these is NOT mostly Hebrew?

The Bible The Jewish liturgy The Mishnah The Gemara

Qustion 9. Who was the first Hebrew instructor in North America?

Bishop Scalabrini Michael Strassfeld Judah Monis Rebecca Gratz

Qustion 10. Moses Mendelsshon was the first person to translate the Torah into which language?

Russian English German Czech
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