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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. When did editions of the Judeo-Spanish Bible translations first appear?
 14th century
 15th century
 16th century
 17th century


Question 2. Moses Mendelsshon was the first person to translate the Torah into which language?


Question 3. True or false: In the time of the Mishnah, Hebrew was the language for scholarship, but most Jewish people spoke Aramaic.


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
 Aramaic characters
 Hebrew characters with some modifications


Question 5. 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 6. What language is The Zohar written in?


Question 7. 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 8. Where is the only Ladino newspaper in the world published?
 Tel Aviv


Question 9. In the Middle Ages, Hebrew was used primarily for what?
 Day-to-day conversations
 Written correspondence
 Ritual and religious purposes
 None of the above


Question 10. 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