Suffering & Evil QuizJewish thinkers throughout the ages have asked: Why do bad things happen to good people?
Question 1. Does Judaism believe in a system of reward and punishment, according to the Bible?
It does not explicitly say in the Bible
Question 2. True or false: The concept of reward and punishment is the Torah's explanation for the existence of suffering.
Question 3. Is the character of Job (from the Book of Job) a Jew?
We are unsure
Question 4. What do traditional Jewish sources teach about Hell?
There is no afterlife in Judaism
There is a heaven and a hell, similar to the Christian division
There is an incorporeal "middle ground" called Gehennom, or purgatory
There is an afterlife, but only for good people
Question 5. True or false: For Jews, the problem of suffering is twofold, including a universal problem and a particular problem.
Question 6. Which of the following claims did Maimonides deny in his philosophical writings?
God is perfectly good
God is all-powerful
God is all-knowing
Evil is real
Question 7. What is karet?
When a particular sin is punishable by death
The biblical penalty of being "cut off from the people"
A certain kind of justice meted out in biblical courts
The term for one who has been sentenced to death but has not yet been executed
Question 8. Which approach to a painful experience does Rabbi Harold Kushner recommend?
Pretending it didn't happen
Dwelling in the pain
Asking, "What did I do to deserve this?"
Asking, "Now that this has happened to me, what am I going to do about it?"
Question 9. 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 10. The problem of justifying God despite the existence of evil is called:
None of the above