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 is the word for "bread" in Hebrew?
Question 2. Where is the only Ladino newspaper in the world published?
Question 3. Rabbinic literature refers to Hebrew as lashon ha-kodesh, which means
The only language
The holy language
The language of the Chosen
Question 4. What does "Rashi script" refer to?
The formal square or block letter hand of Hebrew
The semi-cursive hand found in Rabbinic texts
The cursive, flowing hand for everyday correspondence
The common "Hebrew-style" computer font
Question 5. What language is the Kaddish prayer?
Question 6. What was the original name of the block letters used in Torah scrolls and most printed Hebrew texts?
Question 7. 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 8. Judah Monis, the first full-time Hebrew instructor in American, taught at which university?
University of Michigan
Question 9. True or false: Ashkenazic and Sephardic Hebrew differ in pronunciation, but are identical in written form.
Question 10. 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