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


Question 2. What is the focus of the Brisk method of studying Gemara?
 Studying very quickly
 Always asking "why?"
 Analyzing the conceptual conclusions that the Gemara comes to
 Close textual reading of the flow of the Gemara


Question 3. Whose commentary on the Talmud is printed on the inside margins of every page?
 Rabbi Moses Feinstein


Question 4. Which of these is not a Talmud?
 The Jerusalem Talmud
 The Babylonian Talmud
 The Rabbis' Talmud


Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. 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


Question 8. What are the two kinds of material found in the Talmud?
 Law and narrative
 Sephardic positions and Ashkenazic positions
 Rulings for priests and rulings for Israelites
 P'shat and midrash


Question 9. Why do Jews study Talmud?
 In order to extract functional law
 In order to be trained as religious leaders
 In order to gain insight into the written Torah
 All of these reasons


Question 10. Which of the following people wrote a commentary on the Gemara?
 Yom Tov Ishbili, the Ritba
 Menahem Meiri
 All of the above