My Jewish Learning

Afterlife & Messiah Quiz

The immortality of the soul, the World to Come, the resurrection of the dead, and the Messianic age are all part of Jewish tradition. How much do you know about this area of Jewish belief?

Question 1. What is Gehinnom?
 An in-between zone between heaven and hell.
 The waiting-room for the afterlife.
 The Jewish version of purgatory or Hell.
 The Hebrew word for the World to Come.


Question 2. According to the Talmud, do non-Jews have a share in the World to Come?


Question 3. What does mashiah, the Hebrew word for "messiah," literally mean?
 The Chosen
 Anointed One
 Inner Peace


Question 4. According to Jewish tradition, which biblical personality will the Messiah be descended from?
 All of the above
 None of the above


Question 5. According to Isaac Luria's theology, what will bring the Messiah?
 Tikkun olam (the healing of the world)
 Intense prayer and meditation
 Effective communication
 Ascetic living


Question 6. Which of these was a belief of the followers of Jacob Frank?
 That all tenets of halakhah, or Jewish law, must be carried out to the fullest
 That one could outwardly obey halakhah, or Jewish law, but break it in secret
 That only the moral laws, such as sexual purity and monogamy, were essential to keep
 That halakhah was unnecessary in the times of the Messiah


Question 7. Which Jewish hero did many, including Rabbi Akiba, think would turn out to be the Messiah?
 Bar Kokhba
 Deborah the Judge
 None of these