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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. Before studying, it is customary to say a blessing thanking God for what?
 Commanding us to occupy ourselves with the words of Torah
 Commanding us to learn Torah
 Commanding us to teach and promulgate Torah
 Commanding us the mitzvot in the Torah

 

Question 2. What does "it" refer to in this rabbinic saying: "Turn it and turn it; for everything is in it"?
 The Torah
 The human soul
 The created universe
 The Jewish prayer book

 

Question 3. Rashi--an 11-century commentator--and his grandchildren were part of which school of study?
 The Mishnah
 The Geonim
 The Tosafists
 The Kabbalists

 

Question 4. 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

 

Question 5. What does Judaism value more--study or action?
 Study is most important because it is considered equal to all the other commandments
 Action is most important, as it says in Pirke Avot: "It is not the study that is essential, but rather the action"
 Study is most important, when it leads to action
 Neither is as important as meditation

 

Question 6. Which of these daily prayers emphasizes the obligation to study and teach Torah?
 Modeh Ani
 Adon Olam
 The Shema
 Aleinu