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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. 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


Question 2. How is Hebrew written?
 From left to right
 From right to left
 From above to below
 From below to above


Question 3. What language is The Zohar written in?


Question 4. What language is the Kaddish prayer?


Question 5. 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 6. What is the word for "bread" in Hebrew?


Question 7. In 1856, the first regular weekly Hebrew newspaper, Ha‑Maggid, began publication where?
 Israel (Palestine)


Question 8. Judah Monis, the first full-time Hebrew instructor in American, taught at which university?
 University of Michigan
 Brandeis University
 Harvard University
 Yale University


Question 9. 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 10. Where did Yiddish originate?
 The Soviet Union