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. 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 2. True or false: While early Reform leaders rejected halakhah outright, more recent Reform leaders have argued that halakhah is still important.
Question 3. Which 17th-century rabbi helped define halakhot about how Sephardic and Ashkenazic rabbis may react with each other?
Joseph di Trani
Zvi Hirsch Ashkenazi
Yom Tob Algazi
Question 4. What was the main difference between the Vilna Gaon and the leaders of the Hasidic movement?
He believed that Kabbalah was nonsense, and banned it from study
He believed that only the very highly learned should have access to esoteric and mystical texts
He believed that all secular learning was nonsense, while Hasidim embraced the marriage of secular and religious
He believed that study of Jewish law was the only way to commune with God
Question 5. What was Rabbi Moshe Feinstein's ruling regarding taking out life insurance?
It violates the principle of trusting in God
It is like any other business transaction--God helps those who help themselves
It is not forbidden, but is frowned upon, as a form of gambling
He never issued a ruling regarding life insurance
Question 6. Which secular subject was the Vilna Gaon well-versed in?
All of the above
Question 7. Who is Ovadiah Yosef?
The author of the Tur, the predecessor of the Shulhan Arukh
A popular Sephardic Orthodox rabbi and the author of his own halakhic compilation
A leading German scholar of the "Positive-Historical" approach to Judaism
The compiler of the Kitzur Shulhan Arukh