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


Question 2. Which of these figures was NOT a religious Zionist?
 Chaim Weizmann
 Yehudah Alkalai
 Zvi Hirsch Kalischer
 Abraham Isaac Kook


Question 3. In the Bible, God first promises the Land of Israel to whose descendants?


Question 4. Early Zionists considered whch of these countries as possible sites for the Jewish homeland?
 Uganda and Argentina
 Uganda and Kenya
 Argentina and Chile
 Syria and Lebanon


Question 5. 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 6. In Genesis, God promises Abraham land from the river of Egypt to where?
 The Euphrates River
 The Golan Heights
 The Jordan River


Question 7. According to Abraham Isaac Kook, even secular forms of Zionism hasten what?
 The Messiah
 The apocalyptic end of days
 All Jews' return to the traditional fold
 All of these