My Jewish Learning

Land of Israel Quiz

The Land of Israel has been a theological anchor for Jews for millennia. How much do you know about attitudes toward Israel in the Bible, through the Middle Ages, and after the rise of Zionism?

Question 1. Which of these figures was NOT a religious Zionist?
 Chaim Weizmann
 Yehudah Alkalai
 Zvi Hirsch Kalischer
 Abraham Isaac Kook


Question 2. In 1988, whose party was banned from Israeli elections for inciting racism?
 El Sayyid Nosair
 Meir Kahane
 Baruch Goldstein
 Yasser Arafat


Question 3. What was Rashi's rationale for the Land of Israel belonging to the Jews?
 The Israelites captured it fair and square
 Abraham is the father of all Western religions, and he gave the land to the Jews
 The Jews have nowhere else to go
 God owns the entire world and He gave Israel to the Jews


Question 4. Nahmanides said that all Jewish laws were only meant to be performed in the Land of Israel. What did he say about performing mitzvot in exile?
 It is not necessary to perform mitzvot in exile
 By performing mitzvot out of Israel, Jews distinguish themselves from non-Jews
 By performing mitzvot out of Israel, Jews keep tradition alive
 It is necessary to perform mitzvot out of Israel, in hopes of one day returning to the land


Question 5. Which of these mitzvot can be performed outside the land of Israel?
 Brit Milah


Question 6. The Meimad Party believes which of these statements to be true:
 The modern state should include all of biblical Israel, all the way to the Euphrates
 No Arab should have Israeli citizenship
 There should be one binational state
 It is against the Torah to place the Land of Israel above all other values and concerns


Question 7. Followers of Abraham Abulafia's mystical school believed that Israel represents what?
 The individual soul
 The individual heart
 The individual brain
 The individual lungs