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. Who developed a vocabulary for modern Hebrew by incorporating words from ancient and medieval Hebrew, in addition to creating new words?
Mendele Mokher Seforim
Eliezer ben Yehuda
Question 2. Prior to the Holocaust, what percentage of world Jewry spoke Yiddish?
Question 3. When did editions of the Judeo-Spanish Bible translations first appear?
Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. Judah Monis, the first full-time Hebrew instructor in American, taught at which university?
University of Michigan
Question 7. 7. Which of the following is NOT a similarity between Hebrew and Yiddish?
The two languages share the same alphabet.
Both are Semitic languages, belonging to the Afroasiatic family of languages
Both languages are read from right to left.
Neither language uses capital letters.
Question 8. How is Hebrew written?
From left to right
From right to left
From above to below
From below to above
Question 9. 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 10. Which of these Jewish thinkers berates modern Jews for neglecting the Hebrew language and, in so doing, becoming Jewishly illiterate?
Jenna Weissman Joselit