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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 of these is not a halakhic guide published by the Conservative movement?
 Moreh Derekh
 A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice
 United Synagogue Luach
 Hilkhot Bat Yisrael


Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. 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 5. In which area was the Vilna Gaon critical of Maimonides?
 In Maimonides' application of science to Jewish law
 In Maimonides' rejection of amulets and demons
 In Maimonides' attempts to theorize the existence of God in scientific terms
 In Maimonides' reliance on gentile medicines


Question 6. Who was the Rif?
 A North African rabbi who wrote a book of Jewish law
 The foremost commentator on the Torah and Prophets
 The Safed-based compiler of the Shulhan Arukh
 The first person to determine how to tie tzitzit


Question 7. Which of these is NOT an important halakhic text produced in the Middle Ages?
 Shulhan Arukh
 Igrot Moshe
 Mishneh Torah