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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 of these is not the subject of an order of the Mishnah?
 Hanukkah Observance
 Sacred times


Question 2. Which of these questions is debated in the Mishnah?
 When does one begin the morning prayers?
 What are the limitations of the liability of someone who watches another's property?
 Can cheese and meat be on the same table?
 All of these


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


Question 4. About how many years separated the writing of the Mishnah and Gemara?
 They were written simultaneously
 About 200 years
 About 500 years
 About 2,000 years
 None of the above


Question 5. Why do Jews study Talmud?
 In order to extract functional law
 In order to be trained as religious leaders
 In order to gain insight into the written Torah
 All of these reasons


Question 6. According to Jewish tradition, who compiled the Mishnah?
 The Amoraim
 Resh Lakish
 The students of Hillel
 Judah the Prince


Question 7. Which came first, the Mishnah or the Gemara?


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. Whose commentary on the Talmud is printed on the inside margins of every page?
 Rabbi Moses Feinstein


Question 10. Who was Rabbenu Tam?
 A Tanna
 A tosafist
 A common adversary of Yose ben Yoezer
 A sage quoted often in the Mishnah