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. How many voting members serve on Committee of Jewish Law and Standards for the Conservative Movement?
Question 2. What is a luach?
An order of excommunication
A legal guide to Jewish lifestyle practices
A Jewish calendar
A new proposed halakhic ruling
Question 3. 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 4. Who was the author of the Iggerot Moshe?
Moses ben Maimon
Question 5. The Geonim were halakhic leaders in what places?
Israel and Babylonia
Germany and France
Poland and Russia
Babylonia and North Africa
Question 6. What do most scholars believe about the She'iltot?
It was meant as a specific legal code for one community
It was originally a collection of sermons
It was originally one extended discourse
It was first discovered with the Dead Sea Scrolls
Question 7. What was the first period of halakhic productivity after the close of the Talmud?
The geonic period
The redaction of the Mishnah
The period just after the Jews' expulsion from Spain