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. Who coined the famous phrase: “My heart is in the East and I am in the West"?
 Theodor Herzl
 Judah Halevi
 Ahad Haam


Question 2. Which medieval commentator attempted to use astrology to prove that the Land of Israel was distinct from other lands?
 Abraham Ibn Ezra


Question 3. 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 4. Which of these mitzvot can be performed outside the land of Israel?
 Brit Milah


Question 5. In Genesis, God promises Abraham land from the river of Egypt to where?
 The Euphrates River
 The Golan Heights
 The Jordan River


Question 6. How many Neturei Karta members live in Israel?


Question 7. 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