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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 Jewish philosopher wrote The Lonely Man of Faith?
 Rabbi Moshe Feinstein
 Isaac Abrabanel
 Rabbi Joseph Caro
 Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik

 

Question 2. 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 3. Who wrote the Guide to the Perplexed?
 Rashi
 Nahmanides
 Saadiah Gaon
 Maimonides

 

Question 4. True or false: Non-Jewish readers refered to Moses Mendelssohn as "the Jewish Socrates."
 True
 False

 

Question 5. 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 6. How does Judah Halevi distinguish the Jewish revelation story from Islam and Christianity's stories of revelation?
 Judaism doesn't believe in a literal revelation
 Judaism's revelation was on a mountain
 Judaism's was revealed to 600,000 people and not one person
 None of the above

 

Question 7. When did Jewish thinkers begin to try to prove the existence of God?
 In the Second Temple period
 In the Talmud
 In the Middle Ages
 After the Enlightenment

 

Question 8. 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

 

Question 9. True or false: Aristotle is never mentioned in the Talmud.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. When Joseph Soloveitchik moved to the United States, he became Chief Rabbi of the Orthodox community in what city?
 Boston
 New York
 Philadelphia
 Baltimore