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. What does the Hebrew word nikudot refer to?
Question 2. What was the original name of the block letters used in Torah scrolls and most printed Hebrew texts?
Question 3. Who introduced the system of dots and dashes that indicate how Hebrew words should be pronounced?
Joshua (Moses' successor)
Rabbis known as the Masoretes
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. How many letters are in the Hebrew alphabet?
Question 6. 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 7. Which of these is NOT a Jewish hybrid language?
Question 8. Which is NOT a name for Ladino?
Question 9. Which of these Jewish thinkers berates modern Jews for neglecting the Hebrew language and, in so doing, becoming Jewishly illiterate?
Jenna Weissman Joselit
Question 10. How is Hebrew written?
From left to right
From right to left
From above to below
From below to above