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Midrash Quiz

Midrash 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?
 Searching out
 Going on a journey


Question 4. Which of these is NOT a work of halakhic midrash?
 Vayikra Rabbah
 Sifra on Leviticus
 Mekhilta on Exodus
 Sifrei B'midbar


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?
 Rabbi Ishmael
 Rabbi Hillel
 Rabbi Shammai