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. Gershom Scholem was:
A Jewish Renewal rabbi who popularized Shema meditation
The philosopher who wrote I and Thou
The founder of modern academic study of Jewish mysticism
The assistant and most enthusiastic proponent of Shabbetai Zevi
Question 2. Which of the following famous rabbinic commentators joined a group of mystics in Safed?
Obadiah ben Jacob Sforno
Question 3. According to Luria and his followers, what does tikkun olam represent?
The idea that following mitzvot, no matter how seemingly trivial, takes on a cosmic definition
Repairing the world by doing good deeds for non-Jews
Visualizing every part of the body as a separate vessel of God
Combining the ideas of involuntary commandment and voluntary service
Question 4. From the 13th to the 15th century, where was the world center of kabbalistic teachings?
Small villages throughout Eastern Europe
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. Which rabbi is responsible for challenging the convention that the study of Kabbalah is only for a few elite scholars and thinkers?
The Vilna Gaon
Question 7. Which of the following people are associated with the authorhsip of the Zohar
Moses de Leon
Question 8. The poem Yedid Nefesh was written by
Question 9. What are kelipot?
The head coverings that observant Jewish men wear
The shells or husks that imprison the Holy Sparks
The red strings that the Kabbalah Centre sells
The scrolls that contain the most important works of kabbalistic thought
Question 10. What is tzimtzum?
A product of the shevirah, shattering
A vessel of light flowing from the orfices of the first man
Godís essential self
A contraction of God into a finite space