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. Who wrote The Work of Revival in the Lands of the Diaspora?
 Theodor Herzl
 A.D. Gordon
 Mordecai Kaplan
 Martin Buber


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


Question 5. 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 6. True or false: Nahmanides believed that the only way to achieve a perfect Jewish life was to move to Israel.


Question 7. Which political party controlled the Knesset for a decade after the Six-Day War?