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

 

Question 3. What language is The Zohar written in?
 Hebrew
 Arabic
 Aramaic
 German

 

Question 4. What language is the Kaddish prayer?
 Aramaic
 Hebrew
 Arabic
 Ladino

 

Question 5. 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 6. What is the word for "bread" in Hebrew?
 Okhel
 Mayim
 Mits
 Lehem
 Halav

 

Question 7. In 1856, the first regular weekly Hebrew newspaper, Ha‑Maggid, began publication where?
 France
 Israel (Palestine)
 Russia
 Spain

 

Question 8. Judah Monis, the first full-time Hebrew instructor in American, taught at which university?
 University of Michigan
 Brandeis University
 Harvard University
 Yale University

 

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