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 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 2. 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 3. Gershom Scholem was:

A Jewish Renewal rabbi who popularized Shema meditation The philosopher who wrote I and Thou The founder of modern academic study of Jewish mysticism The assistant and most enthusiastic proponent of Shabbetai Zevi

Qustion 4. Which of these is NOT a work of Jewish mysticism?

Heikhalot literature Zohar Midrash Tehillim Sefer Yetzirah

Qustion 5. Which of the following kabbalistic thinkers attempted to attain prophecy?

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

Qustion 6. From the 13th to the 15th century, where was the world center of kabbalistic teachings?

Jerusalem Safed Spain Small villages throughout Eastern Europe

Qustion 7. 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 8. 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 9. Which of the following people are associated with the authorhsip of the Zohar

Moses de Leon Moses Maimonides Rashi Baruch Spinoza

Qustion 10. 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
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