Kabbalah & Mysticism Quiz

Jewish mystical teachings about the nature of God and reality have had a profound impact on the development of Judaism. How much do you know about this area of Jewish contemplation and spirituality?

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Qustion 1. Which of these Jewish thinkers played a key role in popularizing Jewish meditation?

Gershom Scholem Elliot Wolfson Aryeh Kaplan Avraham Berg

Qustion 2. Which of these is a characteristic of the kabbalistic conception of the Ein Sof?

It is the creator of all life It is limitless No human can gaze directly at it Only learned rabbis can come in contact with it

Qustion 3. Which rabbi is responsible for challenging the convention that the study of Kabbalah is only for a few elite scholars and thinkers?

Joseph Caro Yehuda Ashlag Moshe Soleveichik The Vilna Gaon

Qustion 4. According to Luria and his followers, what does tikkun olam represent?

The idea that following mitzvot, no matter how seemingly trivial, takes on a cosmic definition Repairing the world by doing good deeds for non-Jews Visualizing every part of the body as a separate vessel of God Combining the ideas of involuntary commandment and voluntary service

Qustion 5. From the 13th to the 15th century, where was the world center of kabbalistic teachings?

Jerusalem Safed Spain Small villages throughout Eastern Europe

Qustion 6. Which of these is NOT a work of Jewish mysticism?

Heikhalot literature Zohar Midrash Tehillim Sefer Yetzirah

Qustion 7. Which of the following non-kabbalistic books was written by a kabbalist?

Shulhan Arukh, the code of Jewish law Sefer Hahinukh, the list of mitzvot in the Torah Halikhot Bat Yisrael, the code of Jewish women’s behavior Sefer Minhagim, the directory of Jewish customs

Qustion 8. Merkavah mysticism attempts to conceive of God as:

A chariot, based on the Book of Ezekiel A lion, based on the Book of Daniel A pillar of fire, based on Exodus A vessel of oil, based on the story of Elisha

Qustion 9. Which of these is a characteristic of what the contemporary scholar Moshe Idel calls "intensive mysticism"?

It is purely intellectual in nature It is similar to studying chumash with Rashi It is experiential, including chanting and meditation All of these None of these

Qustion 10. Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, the founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, is especially interested in what aspect of religion?

Academic Literary Theoretical Experiential
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