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 identified as an Orthodox Jew?
 A.J. Heschel
 Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson


Question 2. Gersonides was not
 A talmudist
 A doctor
 A philosopher
 An astronomer


Question 3. 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 4. When Joseph Soloveitchik moved to the United States, he became Chief Rabbi of the Orthodox community in what city?
 New York


Question 5. Which of the following philosophers was excommunicated from his Jewish community?
 Saadia Gaon
 Baruch Spinoza


Question 6. Who wrote Wars of the Lord?


Question 7. True or false: Aristotle is never mentioned in the Talmud.


Question 8. 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 9. Which of these philosophers was NOT Spanish?
 Saadiah Gaon
 Judah Halevi
 Bahya Ibn Pakudah


Question 10. A main goal of medieval Jewish thinkers was to reconcile Jewish thought with what philosophy?