My Jewish Learning

Thinkers & Thought Quiz

A 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. Which of these Jewish thinkers lived most recently?
 A.J. Heschel
 Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson


Question 2. According to E. E. Dessler the best way to understand God is to
 Do works of lovingkindness
 Study Torah
 Work for a Jewish organization
 Fast and immerse oneself in Kabbalah


Question 3. True or False: Medieval Jewish Philosophers were averse to ever citing the work or theories of non-Jewish philosophers.


Question 4. Who was voted the greatest British Jew of all time by the London Jewish Chronicle in 2005?
 Hermann Adler
 Sir Jonathan Sacks
 Louis Jacobs
 Benjamin Disraeli


Question 5. Gersonides was not
 A talmudist
 A doctor
 A philosopher
 An astronomer


Question 6. Which of these statements is NOT one of Maimonides' 13 Principles of Faith?
 God has no physical body
 The Messiah will redeem Israel
 The dead will be resurrected
 Jews must live in the Land of Israel


Question 7. 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 8. Who wrote the Guide to the Perplexed?
 Saadiah Gaon


Question 9. Which Jewish philosopher was sometimes known as the rabbi of Theresienstadt?
 Martin Buber
 Abraham Joshua Heschel
 Menachem Mendel Schneerson
 Leo Baeck


Question 10. 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?
 Hermann Cohen
 Franz Rosenzweig
 E.E. Dessler
 Martin Buber