Jewish Languages QuizFrom Hebrew to Aramaic, Ladino, Yiddish, and Judaeo-Arabic--how much do you know about the languages that Jews spoke in the past and continue to speak today?
Question 1. What language is the Kaddish prayer?
Question 2. What do the Hebrew letters khaf, mem, nun, pey, and tzade have in common?
They are all hard to pronounce for non-native Hebrew speakers
They are all considered late additions to the Hebrew alphabet
They are all written differently when they are at the end of a word
They are the most common letters in the Tanakh
Question 3. In 1856, the first regular weekly Hebrew newspaper, Ha‑Maggid, began publication where?
Question 4. Judah Monis, the first full-time Hebrew instructor in American, taught at which university?
University of Michigan
Question 5. Which of these is NOT mostly Hebrew?
The Jewish liturgy
Question 6. True or false: In the time of the Mishnah, Hebrew was the language for scholarship, but most Jewish people spoke Aramaic.
Question 7. Up to the beginning of the 20th century, Ladino was almost always written in
A mix of characters from Hebrew and Spanish
Spanish characters only
Hebrew characters with some modifications
Question 8. Where did Yiddish originate?
The Soviet Union
Question 9. When did editions of the Judeo-Spanish Bible translations first appear?
Question 10. The first attested Jewish Aramaic texts are from:
The Jewish military outpost in Elephantine
The Book of Ezra
The Book of Daniel