My Jewish Learning

Halakhah Quiz

Jewish authorities have produced over time a major body of legal texts, governing nearly every aspect of Jewish practice--or Halakhah. How much do you know about Jewish law and its foundational texts?

Question 1. Which is the first compiled halakhic code?
 Sefer Ha-She'iltot
 Halakhot Pesukot
 Shulhan Arukh
 Iggerot Moshe


Question 2. Which movement attempted to claim the Vilna Gaon as an ancestor?
 Conservative Judaism
 Jewish Renewal


Question 3. While studying halakhah, which of the following did the yeshivas of Lithuania emphasize in the 1800s and early 1900s?
 Practical application
 Theoretical application
 They emphasized both equally


Question 4. In halahkic texts, what does the word teshuva mean?
 An unanswered question
 A responsum
 A convening court
 An obligation


Question 5. Which is a handbook for Conservative rabbis?
 Sefer Ha-Sh'iltot
 Moreh Derekh
 Iggerot Moshe
 Etz Hayyim Humash


Question 6. What is Gates of Mitzvah?
 A medieval book that first gave rabbis a set of guidelines for administering halakhah
 The first known book of halakhah written in the post-talmudic era
 A Reform popular guide to religious practice
 The Orthodox Union's guide to answering halakhic questions


Question 7. What was unique about the Tur (also known as the Arba'ah Turim), among halakhic texts of its time?
 It was written in Aramaic, not Hebrew
 Its discussion was restricted to laws relevant to post-Temple Jewish life
 Its author was a Sephardic Jew
 It offered lots of detail about the minutiae of performing Jewish rituals