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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 text lays out the founding principles of the Mishnah?
 Pirkei Avot
 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
 Menahem Meiri
 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
 Agricultural rulings
 Medical ethics
 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?
 Shulhan Arukh