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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 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 2. What is a baraita?
 A very popular and well-known section of the Mishnah
 A section of the Mishnah that is anonymous
 A teaching from outside the land of Israel, recorded in the Mishnah
 A teaching from the time of the Mishnah that was preserved orally until its appearance in the Talmud

 

Question 3. 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 4. Which of the following people wrote a commentary on the Gemara?
 Yom Tov Ishbili, the Ritba
 Menahem Meiri
 Rashi
 All of the above

 

Question 5. What does Talmud mean?
 Repeating
 Torah
 Study
 Memorize

 

Question 6. Who was Hillel's intellectual adversary?
 Maimonides
 Nahmanides
 Gersonides
 Shammai

 

Question 7. According to Jewish tradition, who compiled the Mishnah?
 The Amoraim
 Resh Lakish
 The students of Hillel
 Judah the Prince

 

Question 8. Which of the two Talmuds is considered more authoritative?
 Yerushalmi
 Bavli
 They are given equal consideration
 The Yerushalmi is considered more important for priests, the Bavli for common folk

 

Question 9. True or false: The Talmud is a code of law, much like the Shulhan Arukh.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. 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