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


Question 2. In Jewish belief, which of these is not a possibility?
 The soul separates from the body
 The soul goes straight to heaven
 The soul makes a stop in hell (Gehinnom) to purge itself of sins
 The soul transmutes into the World to Come


Question 3. 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 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. True or false: The mystic Abraham Abulafia didn't just try to bring the Messiah, he tried to become the Messiah.


Question 6. According to Maimonides, why should someone study Torah and perform its commandments?
 For the sake of the commandments themselves
 Because of the eventual reward
 In order to praise God
 In order to skip time in Gehinnom


Question 7. 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