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 does Mekhilta mean?
Question 2. What does the word "rabbah" mean?
"great" or "large"
"stern" or "unchanging"
Question 3. What does the word midrash mean?
Going on a journey
Question 4. Which of these is NOT a work of halakhic midrash?
Sifra on Leviticus
Mekhilta on Exodus
Question 5. 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 6. True or false: After the destruction of the Temple, midrash halakhah was used to create new liturgies and rituals while still maintaining continuity by linking to the words of the Torah.
Question 7. The Mekhilta is a book of legal midrashim focusing on
Question 8. According to midrash, which of Judaism's forefathers once worked in a store that sold idols?
Question 9. 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 10. The authorship of the Mekhilta is attributed to whom?