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. How did the rabbis composing midrash express themselves?
Through exaggeration and inventive history
Through sound and word association
Through parallel verses and concepts across the Bible
All of these
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. 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 4. Were midrashic texts discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls?
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. Midrash Aggadah appears in discrete volumes of midrash, and also in
The Scroll of Esther
The Book of Maccabees
Question 7. 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 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. 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.