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. 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
Question 2. 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 3. Which of these is NOT a work of Jewish mysticism?
Question 4. 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 5. From the 13th to the 15th century, where was the world center of kabbalistic teachings?
Small villages throughout Eastern Europe
Question 6. The poem Yedid Nefesh was written by
Question 7. 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 8. The key concepts of Lurianic kabbalah include
the “shattering of the vessels”
Both of the above
Neither of the above
Question 9. 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 10. Which of the following famous rabbinic commentators joined a group of mystics in Safed?
Obadiah ben Jacob Sforno