Halakhah QuizJewish 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?
Question 2. 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 3. What is the Mishneh Torah?
The oral commentary to the Torah, relating additional stories and laws
The written commentary to the Torah, relating additional stories and laws
A summary of laws relating to all areas of Jewish life, composed by Maimonides
A tool of interpretation which assumes that every word, letter, and even stroke of the pen in the Torah has meaning
Question 4. What is the central difference between the code of law written by Joseph Caro, and the gloss to that code written by Moshe Isserles?
On nearly every matter of practice, Caro is more strict than Isserles
Caro did not cite sources, Isserles did
Caro was considered one of the Geonim, Isserles was considered a medieval halakhic authority
Caro wrote for Sephardic communities, Isserles presented the positions of Ashkenazic authorities
Question 5. Who was Rabbi Moshe Feinstein?
Author of a collection of halakhic responsa
An Orthodox legal authority who advocated a strict stance vis-a-vis non-Orthodox Judaism
The foremost 20th century authority on Jewish law
All of these
Question 6. Which movement attempted to claim the Vilna Gaon as an ancestor?
Question 7. How many voting members serve on Committee of Jewish Law and Standards for the Conservative Movement?