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 of these is not a halakhic guide published by the Conservative movement?
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?