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 language is The Zohar written in?
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. When did Hebrew's primacy as a spoken language begin to diminish?
After the destruction of the First Temple and the exile that followed
After the destruction of the Second Temple and the exile that followed
The end of the second millennium C.E.
The arrival of the Jews in Canaan after wandering in the desert
Question 5. Where is the only Ladino newspaper in the world published?
Question 6. Which of these Jewish thinkers berates modern Jews for neglecting the Hebrew language and, in so doing, becoming Jewishly illiterate?
Jenna Weissman Joselit
Question 7. According to rabbinic literature, Hebrew is the language of whom?
All of these
Question 8. Which of these is NOT a Jewish hybrid language?
Question 9. How is Hebrew written?
From left to right
From right to left
From above to below
From below to above
Question 10. True or false: In the time of the Mishnah, Hebrew was the language for scholarship, but most Jewish people spoke Aramaic.