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Torah Study Quiz

For thousands of years Jews have been studying texts in pairs or in groups, respectfully debating each other, and learning the stories and legal texts of Judaism. How much do you know about studying Torah?

Question 1. Which 20th-century Jewish scholar said: “When I pray, I speak to God; when I study, God speaks to me”?
 Ovadiah Yosef
 Martin Buber
 Louis Finkelstein
 Judith Plaskow


Question 2. True or false: In the period after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, Torah study, along with liturgical prayer, replaced sacrifices as the primary means of worship.


Question 3. What is a beit midrash?
 A Torah scholar
 A house of study
 A holy ark where Torah scrolls are kept
 A special room where only rabbis are allowed to study


Question 4. Rashi--an 11-century commentator--and his grandchildren were part of which school of study?
 The Mishnah
 The Geonim
 The Tosafists
 The Kabbalists


Question 5. Which of the following Jewish books have, at one time, been banned?
 Azariah de Rossi's Meor Eynayyim
 Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed
 Mordecai Kaplan's siddur
 All of these


Question 6. What is a d'var Torah?
 A Hebrew school graduation speech
 A cake in the shape of a Torah eaten after services at Kiddush
 A short talk based on a Jewish text or theme of relevance to the occasion when it is delivered
 A class for bar/bat mitzvah kids, where they learn haftarah cantillation