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

Academic Literary Theoretical Experiential

Qustion 3. 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 4. Who was the first rebbe of Lubavitch and the author of the Tanya?

Menachem Mendel Schneerson Israel Baal Shem Tov Shneur Zalman of Liadi Moses Mendelssohn

Qustion 5. 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 6. 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 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. Abraham Abulafia, a 13th-century mystic, was a devoted follower of

Maimonides The Emperor Constantine The prophet Samuel David Ben Gurion

Qustion 9. Merkavah mystics chose the first chapter of one prophetic book as their textual starting point. Which book was it?

The Book of Isaiah The Book of Jeremiah The Book of Samuel The Book of Ezekiel

Qustion 10. Which of the following famous rabbinic commentators joined a group of mystics in Safed?

Moses Maimonides Isaac Abravanel Obadiah ben Jacob Sforno Joseph Caro
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