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

 

Question 3. True or false: Non-Jewish readers refered to Moses Mendelssohn as "the Jewish Socrates."
 True
 False

 

Question 4. Hellenistic Jewish literature is dominated by which figure?
 Philo
 Judah Maccabee
 Rabbi Akiba
 Caesar

 

Question 5. 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 6. 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

 

Question 7. Gersonides was not
 A talmudist
 A doctor
 A philosopher
 An astronomer

 

Question 8. True or false: Aristotle is never mentioned in the Talmud.
 True
 False

 

Question 9. Who wrote Wars of the Lord?
 Maimonides
 Nahmanides
 Gersonides
 Rashba

 

Question 10. 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