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. According to Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag, the study of Kabbalah is:

An otherwordly tradition A logical system intended for the ethical and political redemption of human society The only way to guarantee one will have a place in the World to Come A good way to rub elbows with celebrities

Qustion 2. In 1968, Arthur Green, before he became a prominent Jewish Renewal rabbi, compared the experience of studying kabbalah to:

Yoga Transcendental meditation Taking drugs Sexual fulfillment

Qustion 3. What is Jewish Renewal?

An agrarian movement based on holistic eating and organic produce A movement that combines Hasidic mysticism with Eastern spiritual traditions The seven-year cycle by which produce and plants in Israel are reclaimed A more common term for the 18th-century revolution in Jewish learning

Qustion 4. From the 13th to the 15th century, where was the world center of kabbalistic teachings?

Jerusalem Safed Spain Small villages throughout Eastern Europe

Qustion 5. Which of these is NOT a work of Jewish mysticism?

Heikhalot literature Zohar Midrash Tehillim Sefer Yetzirah

Qustion 6. What is significant about Safed, the northern Israeli city?

In medieval times, many spectral lights were seen in the sky over Safed The water surrounding Safed was seen as mystically enriching The city contained dirt carried from Mount Sinai, where the Torah was received After the Jews were exiled from Spain, many Jewish mystics settled there

Qustion 7. Why is Avraham Berg's Kabbalah Centre organization criticized by many Jewish institutions?

The paraphernalia it sells They accuse it of distorting kabbalistic teachings and concepts Its recruitment and teaching methods All of these None of these

Qustion 8. Which of the following kabbalistic thinkers attempted to attain prophecy?

Isaac Luria Abraham Joshua Heschel Abraham Abulafia All of these None of these

Qustion 9. What does Sefer Yetsirah posit about the Hebrew alphabet?

That Hebrew is the only holy language That each of the 22 letters was used in the creation of the universe That each Hebrew letter corresponds to a different part of the human body That the 22 letters are symbolic of the constellations in the sky

Qustion 10. According to kabbalistic thought, the Holy Sparks are

the spiritual illuminations inherent in all things the 36 righteous people in the world the letters of the Torah as seen after fasting for a week the inspiration for holiness one finds in misery
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