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. True or false: A.D. Gordon was a socialist.


Question 2. In Genesis, God promises Abraham land from the river of Egypt to where?
 The Euphrates River
 The Golan Heights
 The Jordan River


Question 3. In 1988, whose party was banned from Israeli elections for inciting racism?
 El Sayyid Nosair
 Meir Kahane
 Baruch Goldstein
 Yasser Arafat


Question 4. When did Israeli academics begin to write new historical narratives that contradict traditional Zionist views?
 Immediately after 1967, when the Palestinian problem became prominent and unavoidable
 In 1973, after Israel's demoralizing defeat in the Yom Kippur War
 In the 1980s, after analyzing recently declassified documents from the early years of the state
 In 1995, out of despair after Rabin's assassination


Question 5. Why are some ultra-Orthodox Jews opposed to Zionism?
 They feel for the plight of the Palestinians
 They believe that no secular Jews should live in Israel
 They believe that the establishment of the state was an anti-messianic act
 They consider Brooklyn the new Jerusalem


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. In the Bible, Abraham purchases a cave in Machpelah. What does he use it for?
 Food storage
 Family burial ground
 Prayer space