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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 is the word for "bread" in Hebrew?
 Okhel
 Mayim
 Mits
 Lehem
 Halav

 

Question 2. Where is the only Ladino newspaper in the world published?
 Madrid
 Tel Aviv
 Istanbul
 Jerusalem

 

Question 3. Rabbinic literature refers to Hebrew as lashon ha-kodesh, which means
 The only language
 The holy language
 The language of the Chosen
 God's language

 

Question 4. 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 5. What language is the Kaddish prayer?
 Aramaic
 Hebrew
 Arabic
 Ladino

 

Question 6. What was the original name of the block letters used in Torah scrolls and most printed Hebrew texts?
 Ktav ashuri
 Ktav ivri
 Lashon ha-kodesh
 Ivrit

 

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
 Aramaic characters
 Hebrew characters with some modifications

 

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

 

Question 10. 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