Thinkers & Thought QuizA wide cast of intellectuals devoted their lives to defining what Judaism meant to them, and what it should mean to others. How much do you know about these thinkers and their philosophies?
Question 1. Who was voted the greatest British Jew of all time by the London Jewish Chronicle in 2005?
Sir Jonathan Sacks
Question 2. Leo Baeck's The Essence of Judaism was written in response to
Adolf von Harnack's Essence of Christianity
Baruch Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico Politicus
Franz Rosenzweig's The Star of Redemption
Martin Buber's For the Sake of Heaven
Question 3. Which Jewish philosopher wrote The Lonely Man of Faith?
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein
Rabbi Joseph Caro
Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik
Question 4. What is syncretism?
A unanimous decision in the Talmud
A tradition that is accepted both by Ashkenazic and Sephardic rabbis
A negative commandment
None of the above
Question 5. Emmanuel Levinas published works in Les Temps Modernes--the journal of which French philosopher?
Simone de Beauvoir
Question 6. Judah Haleviís Kuzari is the story of
The king of the Khazars who is considering a conversion to Judaism
A man from a town called Kuzar who has to decide whether to accept or reject written Jewish law
A poet living in a cave in Safed who has visions of angels
The history of the city of Jerusalem, as told by the prophet Elijah
Question 7. Which of the following philosophers was about to convert to Christianity, but decided to attend synagogue before he left Judaism, and was so inspired by the Yom Kippur service he attended, that he ultimately became a strong advocate of Judaism for Jews, and Christianity for Christians?
Question 8. Who wrote the Guide to the Perplexed?
Question 9. Who came up with the concept of I-Thou?
Abraham Joshua Heschel
Question 10. In religious existentialism the believer adopts monotheism because
He has seen absolute proof of a single God
Through a leap of faith
He understands that he is just a speck in the vastness of the universe
He has been told to at Sunday school