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. According to midrash, which of Judaism's forefathers once worked in a store that sold idols?
Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. What are the two main categories of midrash?
Yerushalmi and Bavli
Ashkenazic and Sephardic
Halakhah and Aggadah
Aseh and Lo Ta’aseh
Question 5. Which Torah commentator sometimes dismissed the work of another Torah commentator by saying that "he relies too much on aggadah?"
Question 6. What does the word midrash mean?
Going on a journey
Question 7. 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 8. The concept of kal v’homer is common in midrash. It means:
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 9. 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 10. Which of these is not an example of midrash halakhah?
Wearing tefilin on one’s head and arm
Placing a mezuzah on the doorposts of one’s house