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. 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 2. The poem Yedid Nefesh was written by

The Arizal Eleazar Azikri Rashi Isaac Luria

Qustion 3. From the 13th to the 15th century, where was the world center of kabbalistic teachings?

Jerusalem Safed Spain Small villages throughout Eastern Europe

Qustion 4. 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 5. Which of these is NOT a work of Jewish mysticism?

Heikhalot literature Zohar Midrash Tehillim Sefer Yetzirah

Qustion 6. 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 7. 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 8. What are the sefirot?

Emanations Countings Attribures of God that are understandable to human beings 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. 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
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