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 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 2. What are the sefirot?

Emanations Countings Attribures of God that are understandable to human beings All of these None of these

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. 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 5. 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

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. 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. 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 9. What is Kabbalah?

A 26-volume book of Jewish mystical thought A loosely-defined umbrella term representing Jewish mystical thought A collection of the mystical passages in the Torah and Talmud The most mystical of the four sects of post-Babylonian Exile Judaism

Qustion 10. Abraham Abulafia, a 13th-century mystic, was a devoted follower of

Maimonides The Emperor Constantine The prophet Samuel David Ben Gurion
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