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. In one midrashic story, who of the following is in Rabbi Akibaís classroom?
Question 2. Which is the largest collection of midrash aggadah?
Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. The oldest existing aggadic midrashim are
Bereshit Rabbah and Vayikra Rabbah
Shemot Rabbah and Devarim Rabbah
Ruth Rabbah and Esther Rabbah
Shir HaShirim Rabbah and Eikha Rabbah
Question 6. The laws derived from midrash halakhah:
Are specifically commanded in the Bible
Are interpretations from biblical verses
Mimic specific actions carried out by people in the Bible
Include any law that isnít specifically given in the Torah
Question 7. Which Torah commentator sometimes dismissed the work of another Torah commentator by saying that "he relies too much on aggadah?"
Question 8. Were midrashic texts discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Question 9. Which of the following texts no longer exists in completion?
Sifre on Numbers
Sifre on Deuteronomy
All are extant
Question 10. Most of the collections of aggadic midrash were compiled between what years?
586 B.C.E.-70 C.E.
200- 1000 C.E.