Kabbalah & Mysticism QuizJewish mystical teachings about the nature of God and reality have had a profound impact on the development of Judaism. How much do you know about this area of Jewish contemplation and spirituality?
Question 1. From the 13th to the 15th century, where was the world center of kabbalistic teachings?
Small villages throughout Eastern Europe
Question 2. According to kabbalistic thought, the Holy Sparks are
the spiritual illuminations inherent in all things
the 36 righteous people in the world
the letters of the Torah as seen after fasting for a week
the inspiration for holiness one finds in misery
Question 3. Which of the following famous rabbinic commentators joined a group of mystics in Safed?
Obadiah ben Jacob Sforno
Question 4. Which of the following non-kabbalistic books was written by a kabbalist?
Shulhan Arukh, the code of Jewish law
Sefer Hahinukh, the list of mitzvot in the Torah
Halikhot Bat Yisrael, the code of Jewish women’s behavior
Sefer Minhagim, the directory of Jewish customs
Question 5. Why is Avraham Berg's Kabbalah Centre organization criticized by many Jewish institutions?
The paraphernalia it sells
They accuse it of distorting kabbalistic teachings and concepts
Its recruitment and teaching methods
All of these
None of these
Question 6. The key concepts of Lurianic kabbalah include
the “shattering of the vessels”
Both of the above
Neither of the above
Question 7. What is Kabbalah?
A 26-volume book of Jewish mystical thought
A loosely-defined umbrella term representing Jewish mystical thought
A collection of the mystical passages in the Torah and Talmud
The most mystical of the four sects of post-Babylonian Exile Judaism
Question 8. Merkavah mystics chose the first chapter of one prophetic book as their textual starting point. Which book was it?
The Book of Isaiah
The Book of Jeremiah
The Book of Samuel
The Book of Ezekiel
Question 9. Who was the first rebbe of Lubavitch and the author of the Tanya?
Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Israel Baal Shem Tov
Shneur Zalman of Liadi
Question 10. What is Jewish Renewal?
An agrarian movement based on holistic eating and organic produce
A movement that combines Hasidic mysticism with Eastern spiritual traditions
The seven-year cycle by which produce and plants in Israel are reclaimed
A more common term for the 18th-century revolution in Jewish learning