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. The earliest disseminated text of Kabbalistic thought was:

Yedid Nefesh Sefer HaRosh Sefer Ha-Bahir Ktantan

Qustion 2. Which of these is NOT a work of Jewish mysticism?

Heikhalot literature Zohar Midrash Tehillim Sefer Yetzirah

Qustion 3. Abraham Abulafia, a 13th-century mystic, was a devoted follower of

Maimonides The Emperor Constantine The prophet Samuel David Ben Gurion

Qustion 4. 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 5. 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 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. 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 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. Which of the following famous rabbinic commentators joined a group of mystics in Safed?

Moses Maimonides Isaac Abravanel Obadiah ben Jacob Sforno Joseph Caro

Qustion 10. 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
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