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. Most of the collections of aggadic midrash were compiled between what years?
586 B.C.E.-70 C.E.
200- 1000 C.E.
Question 2. Which of the following texts no longer exists in completion?
Sifre on Numbers
Sifre on Deuteronomy
All are extant
Question 3. Which Torah commentator sometimes dismissed the work of another Torah commentator by saying that "he relies too much on aggadah?"
Question 4. 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 5. Which of these is not an example of midrash halakhah?
Wearing tefilin on oneís head and arm
Placing a mezuzah on the doorposts of oneís house
Question 6. What belief about Torah is attributed to the school of Rabbi Ishmael?
The Torah text makes use of human conventions such as digression and repetition; not every textual quirk is significant
The Torah's language is divine in character, and thus no letter or word in the Torah can be dismissed as a mere redundancy or convention
The Torah was significant in the time it was given, but without midrash it loses its contemporary relevance
One should study Torah on one's own for many years before attempting to study midrash
Question 7. Which is an alternate name for Midrash Tanhuma?
Question 8. 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 9. What is Midrash Aggadah?
Religious insights that make the Torah applicable to later Jewish realities
Homilies that may have originated in sermons linked to the weekly Shabbat Torah reading
All of these
Question 10. What does midrash tend to focus on?
Holidays and special occasions
Specific verses from the Torah
Providing self-help advice