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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 names are used to describe the rabbis of the Mishnah and Gemara?
 Tannaim and Amoraim
 Rishonim and Aharonim
 Sugyot and Masekhtot
 Neviim and Anshe Keneset HeGedola


Question 2. 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 3. Which of the following is NOT the name of one of the six orders of the Mishnah?
 Nashim (Women)
 Brakhot (Blessings)
 Nezikin (Damages)
 Zeraim (Agriculture)


Question 4. Which of these does not appear in the Talmud?
 Halakhot, or laws
 Aggadot, or parables
 Midrashim, or "filling in the blanks" in Torah stories
 All of these appear
 None of these appear


Question 5. Which of these is not a Talmud?
 The Jerusalem Talmud
 The Babylonian Talmud
 The Rabbis' Talmud


Question 6. According to the Talmud, which of these sages entered the Divine Pardes, or the Orchard, and came out sane and alive?
 Rabbi Meir
 Rabbi Akiba
 Rabbi Yohanan
 Ben Bag Bag


Question 7. Which of these sages lived first?
 Rabbi Akiba
 Rabbi Judah the Prince
 Resh Lakish


Question 8. True or false: The Talmud is a code of law, much like the Shulhan Arukh.


Question 9. Who was Beruriah?
 Rashi's wife
 A prophet often cited by the rabbis in the Talmud
 The daughter of a talmudic sage and an accomplished scholar in her own right
 The author of the Talmud


Question 10. What is the first teaching in Pirkei Avot?
 Be a disciple of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace
 Say little and do much
 If I am only for myself, who am I?
 Moses received Torah from God at Sinai