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


Question 2. In the Bible, Abraham purchases a cave in Machpelah. What does he use it for?
 Food storage
 Family burial ground
 Prayer space


Question 3. 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


Question 4. 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 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. In dealing with Israel's Arab neighbors, who advocated for the establishment of an "Iron Wall"?
 Ze'ev Jabotinsky
 Martin Buber
 Abraham Isaac Kook
 David Ben Gurion


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