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. 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 2. Which of these forms of Jewish mysticism came first?
Question 3. From the 13th to the 15th century, where was the world center of kabbalistic teachings?
Small villages throughout Eastern Europe
Question 4. Which of the following people are associated with the authorhsip of the Zohar
Moses de Leon
Question 5. 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 womenís behavior
Sefer Minhagim, the directory of Jewish customs
Question 6. Abraham Abulafia, a 13th-century mystic, was a devoted follower of
The Emperor Constantine
The prophet Samuel
David Ben Gurion
Question 7. What is significant about Safed, the northern Israeli city?
In medieval times, many spectral lights were seen in the sky over Safed
The water surrounding Safed was seen as mystically enriching
The city contained dirt carried from Mount Sinai, where the Torah was received
After the Jews were exiled from Spain, many Jewish mystics settled there
Question 8. 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 9. 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
Question 10. According to Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag, the study of Kabbalah is:
An otherwordly tradition
A logical system intended for the ethical and political redemption of human society
The only way to guarantee one will have a place in the World to Come
A good way to rub elbows with celebrities