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Jews & Non-Jews Quiz

Today, Jews are in dialogue and cooperation with other religions, even rethinking the definitions of Jewishness and chosenness. But what do you know about the history of the relationship between Jews and non-Jews?

Question 1. What was Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi's guideline for endorsing Eastern religions?
 He endorsed only those that do not mandate idol worship
 He endorsed only those that do not necessitate the rejection of other religions
 He endorsed only those that have common sources in Jewish themes
 He endorsed only those that have common holidays with Judaism


Question 2. How have different Jewish thinkers approached the concept of Jewish chosenness?
 By positing that the relationship between God and the Jews was established by the covenant at Sinai and is dependent upon Jewish obedience
 By suggesting that Jewish people have unique, inherent qualities that make them chosen
 By rejecting the concept altogether
 All of the above


Question 3. According to the Torah, who are the Jews commanded to destroy?
 The nation of Amalek
 All non-Jewish nations
 All non-Jewish kings and monarchs
 All those who do not prostrate themselves before the Lord
 None of these


Question 4. Who said "All those words of Jesus of Nazareth and of this Ishmaelite [Muhammad] who arose after him are only to make straight the path for the messianic king and to prepare the whole world to serve the Lord together"?
 Pope John Paul II
 Louis Farrakhan
 R. Shimon bar Yohai


Question 5. Which Jewish movement currently approves of patrilineal descent?
 Some of these
 All of these


Question 6. What do the Bible and the Talmud have to say about idolatry?
 The Bible repeatedly prohibits idolatry, and the rabbis of the Talmud drafted many additional laws to distance Jews from idolatry
 The Bible is not concerned with idolatry, but the rabbis in the Talmud prohibit idolatry, in order to create a "fence around the Torah"
 The Bible prohibits certain kinds of idolatry, and the Talmud finds loopholes to make these idolatrous practices permissable
 The Bible and the Talmud are precisely unanimous in their positions on idolatry


Question 7. Which of these laws was originally meant to separate Jews from non-Jews?
 Not drinking wine with non-Jews
 Not eating food cooked by non-Jews
 Not reading books written by non-Jews
 A and B only
 All of these