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

 

Question 2. According to Jewish tradition, who compiled the Mishnah?
 The Amoraim
 Resh Lakish
 The students of Hillel
 Judah the Prince

 

Question 3. What does Talmud mean?
 Repeating
 Torah
 Study
 Memorize

 

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

 

Question 5. Why was the Mishnah so important?
 No Jewish book had ever listed laws before
 It was the final word on every aspect of Jewish law
 It turned Judaism from a Temple-centered religion to a lifecycle-centered one
 All of the above
 None of the above

 

Question 6. What is the focus of the Brisk method of studying Gemara?
 Studying very quickly
 Always asking "why?"
 Analyzing the conceptual conclusions that the Gemara comes to
 Close textual reading of the flow of the Gemara

 

Question 7. 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 8. Which of these is not a Talmud?
 The Jerusalem Talmud
 The Babylonian Talmud
 The Rabbis' Talmud

 

Question 9. Which of these was written in Aramaic?
 Mishnah
 Gemara
 Rashi
 Tosafot
 Shulhan Arukh

 

Question 10. Which is the standard edition of the Talmud?
 The Jerusalem Edition
 The Vilna Edition
 The Perushim of Rashi
 The Revised Standard Version