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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. What does the Hebrew word nikudot refer to?
 Contractions
 Colloquialisms
 Misspellings
 Vowels

 

Question 2. What do the Hebrew words Barukh, Melekh, Tov, and Vaed have in common?
 They are all in the first sentence of the Torah
 They are among the most common words in Hebrew prayers
 They are all different words that mean "good"
 They are all palindromes

 

Question 3. What language is the Kaddish prayer?
 Aramaic
 Hebrew
 Arabic
 Ladino

 

Question 4. Jewish Neo-Aramaic texts are written in Hebrew, but:
 From left to right
 With a new set of vowels
 The spelling is phonetic
 Only use 20 out of the 26 Hebrew characters

 

Question 5. According to rabbinic literature, Hebrew is the language of whom?
 God
 The angels
 All humanity
 All of these

 

Question 6. What language is The Zohar written in?
 Hebrew
 Arabic
 Aramaic
 German

 

Question 7. Where did Yiddish originate?
 Poland
 The Soviet Union
 Germany
 Hungary
 Lithuania

 

Question 8. Moses Mendelsshon was the first person to translate the Torah into which language?
 Russian
 English
 German
 Czech

 

Question 9. Which of these is NOT mostly Hebrew?
 The Bible
 The Jewish liturgy
 The Mishnah
 The Gemara

 

Question 10. True or false: Ashkenazic and Sephardic Hebrew differ in pronunciation, but are identical in written form.
 True
 False