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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. What did the Talmudic commentator Menahem Meiri think of Christians?
 That they should all become Jewish
 That Christians were "avdei kohavim," idol worshippers
 That Christianity was a false religion, but its adherents were still basically moral
 That they were beyond redemption

 

Question 2. Which of these is not the subject of an order of the Mishnah?
 Women
 Hanukkah Observance
 Agriculture
 Sacred times

 

Question 3. According to Jewish tradition, who compiled the Mishnah?
 The Amoraim
 Resh Lakish
 The students of Hillel
 Judah the Prince

 

Question 4. 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 5. Which of the following people wrote a commentary on the Gemara?
 Yom Tov Ishbili, the Ritba
 Menahem Meiri
 Rashi
 All of the above

 

Question 6. Rabbi Akiba started studying Torah when he was how old?
 4
 14
 40
 72

 

Question 7. 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
 Shmuel
 Ben Bag Bag

 

Question 8. Which came first, the Mishnah or the Gemara?
 Mishnah
 Gemara

 

Question 9. Which of these sages lived first?
 Hillel
 Rabbi Akiba
 Rabbi Judah the Prince
 Resh Lakish

 

Question 10. 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