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 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 2. According to E. E. Dessler the best way to understand God is to
Do works of lovingkindness
Work for a Jewish organization
Fast and immerse oneself in Kabbalah
Question 3. Who came up with the concept of I-Thou?
Abraham Joshua Heschel
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. When Joseph Soloveitchik moved to the United States, he became Chief Rabbi of the Orthodox community in what city?
Question 6. Hellenistic Jewish literature is dominated by which figure?
Question 7. True or false: Kabbalists thought that only a handful of worthy students should receive the secrets of the Law.
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. 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 10. True or false: Non-Jewish readers refered to Moses Mendelssohn as "the Jewish Socrates."