Suffering & Evil QuizJewish thinkers throughout the ages have asked: Why do bad things happen to good people?
Question 1. Who is credited with beginning the post-Holocaust theological discussion in the West?
President Harry S. Truman
None of these
Question 2. Which of these offenses was not penalized by karet?
Failing to be circumcised
Eating leaven on Passover
Question 3. What is Rabbi Harold Kushner's belief about "When Bad Things Happen to Good People"?
Certain people may seem outwardly good but be evil on the inside
God does not cause our misfortunes, because not everything that happens in the world is due to God's will
Bad things that happen in this lifetime are advance repayment for good things that will happen in the next
All of these
None of these
Question 4. 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 5. 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
Question 6. Which of the following did Mordecai Kaplan, the founder of Reconstructionist Judaism, believe?
God is responsible for creating both good and evil forces in the universe
The term "God" represents "the power for salvation" in the universe
Our idea of God is merely a representation for that which we consider to be good
Evil is merely a human construction for that which we cannot understand
Question 7. 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 8. 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 9. True or false: In traditional Jewish thought, Satan does not exist.
Question 10. According to Maimonides, what is the worst punishment for sinners?