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. The earliest disseminated text of Kabbalistic thought was:
Question 2. 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 women’s behavior
Sefer Minhagim, the directory of Jewish customs
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. Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, the founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, is especially interested in what aspect of religion?
Question 6. Which of the following famous rabbinic commentators joined a group of mystics in Safed?
Obadiah ben Jacob Sforno
Question 7. Which of these Jewish thinkers played a key role in popularizing Jewish meditation?
Question 8. 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 9. What does Sefer Yetsirah posit about the Hebrew alphabet?
That Hebrew is the only holy language
That each of the 22 letters was used in the creation of the universe
That each Hebrew letter corresponds to a different part of the human body
That the 22 letters are symbolic of the constellations in the sky
Question 10. 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