Suffering & Evil QuizJewish thinkers throughout the ages have asked: Why do bad things happen to good people?
Question 1. What is the Sitra Ahra?
"The Other Side," a reference to the forces of evil
"That Which Protects from Evil"
"The Talisman," a reference to writings about suffering
"The Second Door," a reference to Purgatory
Question 2. What is the subject of the well-known Jewish book on suffering, For Those I Loved?
Stopping being religious
Question 3. Which of these is an interpretation of the biblical punishment of karet?
Dying before the age of 60
All of the above
None of the above
Question 4. What is Berkovits and Cohen's “Free Will Defense" argument about the source of evil and suffering?
Human evil is the necessary and ever present possibility entailed by the reality of human freedom
Because humans have free will, nothing is truly evil
Because free will does not exist, God is culpable for all sins
Humans have too much freedom, and only religion may restrict it
Question 5. Which of the following thinkers first posited that both good and evil forces emanate from God?
Rabbi Jill Jacobs
Rabbi Harold Kushner
Question 6. True or false: In the Talmud, the rabbis tend to focus on theological solutions to the problem of evil, rather than the human response to suffering.
Question 7. Which of these offenses was not penalized by karet?
Failing to be circumcised
Eating leaven on Passover
Question 8. The problem of justifying God despite the existence of evil is called:
None of the above
Question 9. The problem of suffering and evil took on an unprecedented role in Jewish thought after what event?
The giving of the Ten Commandments
The editing of the Mishnah
The Protestant reformation
Question 10. Who said that "in strict covenant theology, there can be no innocent sufferers"?