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

Heikhalot literature Zohar Midrash Tehillim Sefer Yetzirah

Qustion 2. According to Luria and his followers, what does tikkun olam represent?

The idea that following mitzvot, no matter how seemingly trivial, takes on a cosmic definition Repairing the world by doing good deeds for non-Jews Visualizing every part of the body as a separate vessel of God Combining the ideas of involuntary commandment and voluntary service

Qustion 3. 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 4. 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 5. 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 6. The poem Yedid Nefesh was written by

The Arizal Eleazar Azikri Rashi Isaac Luria

Qustion 7. Which of these forms of Jewish mysticism came first?

Merkavah mysticism Jewish Renewal Hasidic mysticism The Zohar

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. 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 10. Which of the following people are associated with the authorhsip of the Zohar

Moses de Leon Moses Maimonides Rashi Baruch Spinoza
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