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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. What is the central difference between the code of law written by Joseph Caro, and the gloss to that code written by Moshe Isserles?
 On nearly every matter of practice, Caro is more strict than Isserles
 Caro did not cite sources, Isserles did
 Caro was considered one of the Geonim, Isserles was considered a medieval halakhic authority
 Caro wrote for Sephardic communities, Isserles presented the positions of Ashkenazic authorities


Question 2. Which is the first compiled halakhic code?
 Sefer Ha-She'iltot
 Halakhot Pesukot
 Shulhan Arukh
 Iggerot Moshe


Question 3. What did the book Sefer Me'irat Einayim try to do to the Shulhan Arukh?
 It filled in the blanks in the scope of the Shulhan.
 It systematically disagreed with each point made.
 It translated the Shulhan into modern Hebrew.
 It provided a Reform equivalent for the Shulhan.


Question 4. What was the first period of halakhic productivity after the close of the Talmud?
 The Haskalah
 The geonic period
 The redaction of the Mishnah
 The period just after the Jews' expulsion from Spain


Question 5. 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 6. How many voting members serve on Committee of Jewish Law and Standards for the Conservative Movement?


Question 7. Who was the author of the Iggerot Moshe?
 Moses ben Maimon
 Moshe Feinstein
 Moses Mendelsohn
 Joseph Caro