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 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 2. In the biblical story of the Daughters of Zelophehad, how do the title characters settle their halakhic dispute?
They use the Sanhedrin court, its first known mention
They create an altar and pray for an answer
Their husbands take the case to Moses and Aaron
They take the matter to Moses, who brings it directly to God
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. 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 5. The Geonim were halakhic leaders in what places?
Israel and Babylonia
Germany and France
Poland and Russia
Babylonia and North Africa
Question 6. 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 7. Which is the first compiled halakhic code?