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. 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 2. Gersonides was not
Question 3. Which of these Jewish thinkers lived most recently?
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Question 4. Solomon Ibn Adret is more commonly known as
Question 5. Which Jewish philosopher wrote The Lonely Man of Faith?
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein
Rabbi Joseph Caro
Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik
Question 6. Who wrote Wars of the Lord?
Question 7. A main goal of medieval Jewish thinkers was to reconcile Jewish thought with what philosophy?
Question 8. 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 9. 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
Question 10. Which of these statements about Jewish philosophy is true?
There is not a lot of debate; most issues are very straightforward and authorities are unified
It has historically been more important than Jewish practice (halakhah)
Throughout history, it developed in dialogue with surrounding cultures
Though there is a lot of debate, all agree that the ultimate reward awaits in the World to Come