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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. Which is true of Maimonides' conception of the World to Come?
 Both humans and animals reside there
 It was a paradise of the senses, not an intellectual one
 It was an intellectual paradise
 It is a temporary rest from eternal torture


Question 2. In the view of the talmudic sage Rav, which of the following is true about the World to Come?
 Sexual relations will be unrestricted
 Everyone will be rich
 Food will taste like anything we want
 There will be no food except for the light of the Shekhinah


Question 3. According to Jewish tradition, which biblical personality will the Messiah be descended from?
 All of the above
 None of the above


Question 4. 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 5. Which of these is not a term that refers to the Jewish conception of the Afterlife?
 Eternal Jerusalem
 Gan Eden
 The World to Come


Question 6. 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 7. According to Maimonides, which is true about the Messiah?
 The Messiah will bring world peace
 The Messiah will reign over a peaceful and prosperous Israel
 The Messiah will undoubtedly be a man
 The Messiah will live forever