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. 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 2. When Joseph Soloveitchik moved to the United States, he became Chief Rabbi of the Orthodox community in what city?
Question 3. Which of these groups was NOT labeled heretic?
The Sephardic Jews in North Africa
Question 4. Which of these Jewish thinkers lived most recently?
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Question 5. Solomon Ibn Adret is more commonly known as
Question 6. What is rationalism?
Rationalism is the attitude in which religious faith has to justify itself at the bar of reason before it can be accepted.
Rationalism is the attitude that logic is at the base of all of Godís actions.
Rationalism is the attitude in which rational actions are examined and proved to be ultimately hypocritical.
Rationalism is the intensely personal philosophy in which the individual responds not to a philosophical system, which she surveys from the outside, but to what is true for her.
Question 7. In Jerusalem, or On Religious Power and Judaism, Moses Mendelssohn argued that
Jews should move to Israel
Judaism is constant with values of the Enlightenment
Judaism was all but dead
Jews should convert to Christianity
Question 8. 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 9. 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 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