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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. In approaching a text, one may first try to understand its p'shat. What does this mean?
 Plain meaning
 Time period


Question 2. What is a talmid hakham?
 A house of worship
 A type of Talmud
 A Torah scholar
 A medieval Torah commentary


Question 3. 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 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. Which of these daily prayers emphasizes the obligation to study and teach Torah?
 Modeh Ani
 Adon Olam
 The Shema


Question 6. Which of the following statements about Jewish censorship of books is most accurate?
 Throughout history Jews have censored books by other Jews at remarkable rates and with great intensity
 There are no instances of Jewish censorship or book burning
 In the Middle Ages Jewish censorship sometimes led to apostasy and in one case, murder
 Compared to the adherents of Christianity and Islam, Jews have been rather less tempted to condemn works compiled by other Jews