Talmud QuizThe 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 text lays out the founding principles of the Mishnah?
Book of Chronicles
Question 2. Which of the two Talmuds is considered more authoritative?
They are given equal consideration
The Yerushalmi is considered more important for priests, the Bavli for common folk
Question 3. 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
Question 4. Which of the following people wrote a commentary on the Gemara?
Yom Tov Ishbili, the Ritba
All of the above
Question 5. What does Avot D'Rabbi Natan contain?
Maxims that cover the proper approach to Torah study and common human courtesy
Laws of daily life
Question 6. Rabbi Akiba started studying Torah when he was how old?
Question 7. Which passages of the Talmud did Menahem Meiri ignore in his commentary to the Talmud?
The laws pertaining to business
Discussions about the holidays
The passages which addressed demons
Stories and anecdotes
Question 8. 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 9. Which is the standard edition of the Talmud?
The Jerusalem Edition
The Vilna Edition
The Perushim of Rashi
The Revised Standard Version
Question 10. Which of these was written in Aramaic?