Midrash QuizMidrash Aggadah and Midrash Halakhah are rabbinic tools for interpreting the Bible. How much do you know about the origins and methods of these exegetical traditions?
Question 1. What are the names of the books of legal midrash that comment on Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy?
Mishneh and Mishnah
Tzedek and Tzedakah
Sifre and Sifra
Rabbi and Rebbe
Question 2. True or false: Classical works of midrash sometimes contain polemics against Christianity or Islam.
Question 3. Which of the following are examples of contemporary midrash?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I See the Promised Land" speech
"Turn, Turn, Turn," sung by the Byrds, written by Pete Seeger
All of the above
Question 4. Which laws does the midrash derive from the text of the Shema?
Details regarding the time of day when Shema should be recited
All of these
Question 5. How did Midrash Tanhuma get its name?
Tanhuma specifically refers to the era in which it was collected
Rabbi Tanhuma was the first character to speak in the collection
The Aramaic word "tanhuma" means "opening"
"Tanhuma" was the original title of the collection
Question 6. What was Maimonides' position about how Jews should approach midrash?
They should understand midrashic teachings literally
They should write midrash off as philosophically unsophisticated
They should accept only the most rational midrashim
They should approach midrash as a code of metaphors hinting at deeper truths
Question 7. Which Torah commentator sometimes dismissed the work of another Torah commentator by saying that "he relies too much on aggadah?"
Question 8. Midrash Aggadah appears in discrete volumes of midrash, and also in
The Scroll of Esther
The Book of Maccabees
Question 9. Which of the following texts no longer exists in completion?
Sifre on Numbers
Sifre on Deuteronomy
All are extant
Question 10. What does Mekhilta mean?