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Talmud Quiz

The Talmud--which consists of the Mishnah and Gemara--explicates and builds upon the Torah's laws and stories. How much do you know about this influential and complex body of Jewish teachings?

Question 1. Which of these was written in Aramaic?
 Shulhan Arukh


Question 2. Whose commentary on the Talmud is printed on the inside margins of every page?
 Rabbi Moses Feinstein


Question 3. Why was the Mishnah so important?
 No Jewish book had ever listed laws before
 It was the final word on every aspect of Jewish law
 It turned Judaism from a Temple-centered religion to a lifecycle-centered one
 All of the above
 None of the above


Question 4. Which text lays out the founding principles of the Mishnah?
 Pirkei Avot
 Book of Chronicles


Question 5. Where is the commentary of the Tosafot on a page of Talmud?
 Always on the left
 Always on the right
 Always on the inside
 Always on the outside


Question 6. Who was Rabbenu Tam?
 A Tanna
 A tosafist
 A common adversary of Yose ben Yoezer
 A sage quoted often in the Mishnah


Question 7. Where was the "Babylonian" Talmud produced?
 The land that is modern-day Egypt
 The land that is modern-day Iraq
 The land that is modern-day Poland
 The land that is modern-day Lithuania


Question 8. Which of these is not the subject of an order of the Mishnah?
 Hanukkah Observance
 Sacred times


Question 9. According to Jewish tradition, who compiled the Mishnah?
 The Amoraim
 Resh Lakish
 The students of Hillel
 Judah the Prince


Question 10. What does Avot D'Rabbi Natan contain?
 Maxims that cover the proper approach to Torah study and common human courtesy
 Agricultural rulings
 Medical ethics
 Laws of daily life