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. Who was Hillel's intellectual adversary?
Question 2. 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 3. Which of these is not a Talmud?
The Jerusalem Talmud
The Babylonian Talmud
The Rabbis' Talmud
Question 4. Which of these sages lived first?
Rabbi Judah the Prince
Question 5. Which of these teachings does NOT appear in Pirkei Avot?
Love your neighbor as yourself
The world stands on three things: Torah, service, and acts of loving kindness
The day is short and the work is great
You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it
Question 6. Which of these is not the subject of an order of the Mishnah?
Question 7. 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 8. 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 9. Which came first, the Mishnah or the Gemara?
Question 10. 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