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Jewish Languages Quiz

From 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. Who designed Israel's official seal and its first postage stamp, as well as the fonts for the first original edition of the Hebrew Bible published in Israel?
 Eliyahu Koren
 Ismar David
 Zvi Narkis
 Daniel Bomberg

 

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. What language is the Book of Daniel written in?
 Arabic
 Aramaic
 Hebrew
 Judeo-Greek

 

Question 4. Which of these is NOT mostly Hebrew?
 The Bible
 The Jewish liturgy
 The Mishnah
 The Gemara

 

Question 5. When did editions of the Judeo-Spanish Bible translations first appear?
 14th century
 15th century
 16th century
 17th century

 

Question 6. How is Hebrew written?
 From left to right
 From right to left
 From above to below
 From below to above

 

Question 7. Which of these is NOT a Jewish hybrid language?
 Judeo-Chinese
 Judeo-Italian
 Judeo-Spanish
 Yiddish
 Judeo-Greek

 

Question 8. Prior to the Holocaust, what percentage of world Jewry spoke Yiddish?
 30%
 75%
 90%
 50%

 

Question 9. What does "Rashi script" refer to?
 The formal square or block letter hand of Hebrew
 The semi-cursive hand found in Rabbinic texts
 The cursive, flowing hand for everyday correspondence
 The common "Hebrew-style" computer font

 

Question 10. Who was the first Hebrew instructor in North America?
 Bishop Scalabrini
 Michael Strassfeld
 Judah Monis
 Rebecca Gratz