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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. The concept of kal víhomer is common in midrash. It means:
 God's presence
 If X is true, then Y must also be true
 The question at hand is too easy to be worth answering
 If X is not true, then Y must be true


Question 2. Which of the following stories is not a midrash?
 Abraham stages a "riot" among his fatherís idols.
 Abraham is hunted by King Nimrod.
 Abraham ridicules a 60-year-old man.
 Abraham greets three angels in his tent.


Question 3. According to midrash, which of Judaism's forefathers once worked in a store that sold idols?


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. Which of the following are examples of contemporary midrash?
 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I See the Promised Land" speech
 Passover Haggadahs
 "Turn, Turn, Turn," sung by the Byrds, written by Pete Seeger
 All of the above


Question 6. Most of the collections of aggadic midrash were compiled between what years?
 586 B.C.E.-70 C.E.
 200- 1000 C.E.
 350-400 C.E.
 1600-1800 C.E.


Question 7. Which of these is not an example of midrash halakhah?
 Daily prayers
 Wearing tefilin on oneís head and arm
 Placing a mezuzah on the doorposts of oneís house
 Keeping kosher


Question 8. What is Midrash Aggadah?
 Religious insights that make the Torah applicable to later Jewish realities
 Verse-by-verse commentaries
 Homilies that may have originated in sermons linked to the weekly Shabbat Torah reading
 All of these


Question 9. Which of the following texts no longer exists in completion?
 Sifre on Numbers
 Sifre on Deuteronomy
 Sifre Zuta
 All are extant


Question 10. Which is the largest collection of midrash aggadah?
 Midrash Rabbah
 Midrash Tanhuma
 The Mekhilta