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

Jerusalem Safed Spain Small villages throughout Eastern Europe

Qustion 3. 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 4. 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 5. The key concepts of Lurianic kabbalah include

tzimtzum (contraction) the “shattering of the vessels” Both of the above Neither of the above

Qustion 6. 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 7. 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 8. 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 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. The poem Yedid Nefesh was written by

The Arizal Eleazar Azikri Rashi Isaac Luria
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