Suffering & Evil QuizJewish thinkers throughout the ages have asked: Why do bad things happen to good people?
Question 1. How does the Bahir, the earliest kabbalistic work, describe the sefirah (Godís emanation) of "power"?
"The penitential sefirah"
"That which has the name of evil"
"The sefirah of Satan"
"The compassionate one"
Question 2. According to the Bible, what did God promise to the Jews at Mt. Sinai, if they followed God's ways?
Rewards if they followed God, suffering if they did not
Question 3. Who wrote the book When Bad Things Happen to Good People?
Rabbi Louis Jacobs
Rabbi Harold Kushner
Question 4. True or false: The concept of reward and punishment is the Torah's explanation for the existence of suffering.
Question 5. 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 6. Which of these offenses was not penalized by karet?
Failing to be circumcised
Eating leaven on Passover
Question 7. According to the Talmud, when Rabbi Akiba was tortured by the Romans at the end of his life, what did he do?
He repeated the Shema prayer again and again
He closesd his eyes and ignored the pain
He mystically enabled himself to explode into fire
He embraced the pain and redirected it for good
Question 8. According to Saadiah Gaon, which of these is not a purpose of human suffering?
None of the above
Question 9. 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 10. What did Abraham Isaac Kook think about the relationship between God and evil?
That evil was the opposite of God
That evil did not exist
That, for some reason, God created the force of evil
That one day God would destroy all evil in the world