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

 

Question 5. 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

 

Question 6. 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