My Jewish Learning

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. True or false: When it was published, the legal authority of the Shulhan Arukh was not universally accepted.


Question 2. Which of these is not a halakhic guide published by the Conservative movement?
 Moreh Derekh
 A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice
 United Synagogue Luach
 Hilkhot Bat Yisrael


Question 3. 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 4. Which of the following compilers of halakhah was careful to cite the sources in his work?
 Maimonides (Mishneh Torah)
 Rabbi Moshe Feinstein (Igrot Moshe)
 Joseph di Trani (Maharit)
 Yehiel Mekhel Epstein (Arukh HaShulhan)


Question 5. What does Shulhan Arukh literally mean?
 The Guided Learning
 The Codex Judaicus
 The Final Word
 The Set Table


Question 6. Why, according to its author, was the Shulhan Arukh written?
 In order to instill a uniform halakhic code for all Jews
 Because the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and their subsequent dispersion among Ashkenazic communities had caused confusion about the rules of observance
 Because rabbis had become scarce, and Jews needed an easy way to answer their questions
 To create a break from the strict rabbinical system of answering questions through the local town rabbi


Question 7. True or false: While early Reform leaders rejected halakhah outright, more recent Reform leaders have argued that halakhah is still important.