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. Which movement attempted to claim the Vilna Gaon as an ancestor?
Question 3. While studying halakhah, which of the following did the yeshivas of Lithuania emphasize in the 1800s and early 1900s?
They emphasized both equally
Question 4. In halahkic texts, what does the word teshuva mean?
An unanswered question
A convening court
Question 5. Which is a handbook for Conservative rabbis?
Etz Hayyim Humash
Question 6. 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 7. What was unique about the Tur (also known as the Arba'ah Turim), among halakhic texts of its time?
It was written in Aramaic, not Hebrew
Its discussion was restricted to laws relevant to post-Temple Jewish life
Its author was a Sephardic Jew
It offered lots of detail about the minutiae of performing Jewish rituals