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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. What is a humash?
 A Torah scroll
 A book containing only haftarot
 A code of Jewish law
 A printed Torah for synagogue use which usually also contains haftarot


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


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 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