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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. 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


Question 2. Which of these primary halakhic texts was written first?
 Arba'ah Turim
 Shulhan Arukh
 Mishneh Torah
 Igrot Moshe


Question 3. How many voting members serve on Committee of Jewish Law and Standards for the Conservative Movement?


Question 4. Which movement attempted to claim the Vilna Gaon as an ancestor?
 Conservative Judaism
 Jewish Renewal


Question 5. 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
 Joseph Caro


Question 6. Who may propose a halakhic teshuvah in Conservative Judaism?
 Any Jew
 Any member of the Board of the Conservative Movement
 Any member of a Conservative synagogue
 Any rabbi
 Any person


Question 7. What is a luach?
 An order of excommunication
 A legal guide to Jewish lifestyle practices
 A Jewish calendar
 A new proposed halakhic ruling