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. 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 2. Which of these is NOT mostly Hebrew?

The Bible The Jewish liturgy The Mishnah The Gemara

Qustion 3. 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 4. 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 5. 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 6. Which of these is NOT a Jewish hybrid language?

Judeo-Chinese Judeo-Italian Judeo-Spanish Yiddish Judeo-Greek

Qustion 7. True or false: In the time of the Mishnah, Hebrew was the language for scholarship, but most Jewish people spoke Aramaic.

True False

Qustion 8. Moses Mendelsshon was the first person to translate the Torah into which language?

Russian English German Czech

Qustion 9. Where did Yiddish originate?

Poland The Soviet Union Germany Hungary Lithuania

Qustion 10. What is the word for "bread" in Hebrew?

Okhel Mayim Mits Lehem Halav
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