Jews & Non-Jews QuizToday, 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. 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
Question 2. Which of the following are popular travel destinations for Israelis exploring other religions?
India and Thailand
Italy and Spain
Australia and New Zealand
Mecca and Medina
Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. Which tractate of the Talmud specifically deals with the subject of non-Jewish worship practices?
Question 6. Aside from Greek language, what other aspect of Greek life did Jews incorporate into their lives during the rise of Hellenism?
Jews began to use Greek methods of prayer
Jews began to author their scriptures in dialogues, like Plato
Jews began to think of their ancient heroes such as Moses and Abraham as divine men
Jews began to worship Greek gods
Question 7. Why did rabbis in the Talmud often temper restrictive laws that separated Jews from non-Jews?
Because they recognized that Jews could learn a lot from non-Jewish beliefs and practices
Because the reality was that Jews and non-Jews were intermarrying, so they needed to make some concessions
Because they began to redefine idolatry, and they stopped considering certain religions idolatrous
Because they wanted to maintain positive relations with non-Jews, and avoid negative associations with Judaism