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. Which of these Jewish thinkers played a key role in popularizing Jewish meditation?
Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. Merkavah mysticism attempts to conceive of God as:
A chariot, based on the Book of Ezekiel
A lion, based on the Book of Daniel
A pillar of fire, based on Exodus
A vessel of oil, based on the story of Elisha
Question 5. Abraham Abulafia, a 13th-century mystic, was a devoted follower of
The Emperor Constantine
The prophet Samuel
David Ben Gurion
Question 6. 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 7. Which of the following kabbalistic thinkers attempted to attain prophecy?
Abraham Joshua Heschel
All of these
None of these
Question 8. The poem Yedid Nefesh was written by
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. Which of these forms of Jewish mysticism came first?