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 are the sefirot?
Attribures of God that are understandable to human beings
All of these
None of these
Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. Which of these forms of Jewish mysticism came first?
Question 5. 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 6. Which of these is NOT a work of Jewish mysticism?
Question 7. 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 8. 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 9. True or false: Hasidism spread mystical thinking and living to the masses of European Jewry by teaching that all people could have an experiential connection with God.
Question 10. In 1968, Arthur Green, before he became a prominent Jewish Renewal rabbi, compared the experience of studying kabbalah to: