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. 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 2. Leo Baeck's The Essence of Judaism was written in response to
 Adolf von Harnack's Essence of Christianity
 Baruch Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico Politicus
 Franz Rosenzweig's The Star of Redemption
 Martin Buber's For the Sake of Heaven


Question 3. Which Jewish philosopher wrote The Lonely Man of Faith?
 Rabbi Moshe Feinstein
 Isaac Abrabanel
 Rabbi Joseph Caro
 Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik


Question 4. 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 5. Emmanuel Levinas published works in Les Temps Modernes--the journal of which French philosopher?
 Albert Camus
 Jean-Paul Sartre
 Simone de Beauvoir
 Michel Foucault


Question 6. 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 7. 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


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


Question 9. Who came up with the concept of I-Thou?
 Martin Buber
 Abraham Joshua Heschel
 Mordecai Kaplan
 Franz Rosenzweig


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