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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. 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 2. 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 3. After which holiday do Jews begin the cycle of weekly Torah reading?
 Rosh Hashanah
 Yom Kippur
 Simchat Torah


Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. Which of these describes the process of Jewish study?
 A dialogue among students
 A dialogue among students and their teachers
 A dialogue between students and the text
 All of the above