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. 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?
Question 4. 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?
Question 5. Where did Yiddish originate?
The Soviet Union
Question 6. Which of these is NOT mostly Hebrew?
The Jewish liturgy
Question 7. Which of these Jewish thinkers berates modern Jews for neglecting the Hebrew language and, in so doing, becoming Jewishly illiterate?
Jenna Weissman Joselit
Question 8. In the Middle Ages, Hebrew was used primarily for what?
Ritual and religious purposes
None of the above
Question 9. True or false: In the time of the Mishnah, Hebrew was the language for scholarship, but most Jewish people spoke Aramaic.
Question 10. True or false: Ashkenazic and Sephardic Hebrew differ in pronunciation, but are identical in written form.