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


Question 2. What is a gilgul?
 A small forest demon
 The Hebrew term for a reincarnated soul
 The desert in which souls reside before resurrection
 The time between death of the body and death of the soul


Question 3. Where does the idea of a political or military redeemer come from?
 The Later Prophets


Question 4. How did Jacob Frank and his followers refer to God?
 The Holy One, Blessed Be He
 The King of Kings
 Big Brother
 The Name


Question 5. 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


Question 6. In the Zohar, when do most pilgrimages of holy people to Heaven take place?
 At the sun's first light
 During the night, while they sleep
 At the moments of prayer
 Just before their weddings


Question 7. Which of the following will not have a place in the World to Come, according to the Midrash on Ecclesiastes?
 Wicked people
 A and B only
 All of these