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. 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 3. Where did Yiddish originate?

Poland The Soviet Union Germany Hungary Lithuania

Qustion 4. What language is the Kaddish prayer?

Aramaic Hebrew Arabic Ladino

Qustion 5. 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 6. What language is The Zohar written in?

Hebrew Arabic Aramaic German

Qustion 7. 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

Qustion 8. What is the word for "bread" in Hebrew?

Okhel Mayim Mits Lehem Halav

Qustion 9. 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 10. Prior to the Holocaust, what percentage of world Jewry spoke Yiddish?

30% 75% 90% 50%
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