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. 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 2. 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 3. 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 4. Which of these does not appear in the Talmud?
Halakhot, or laws
Aggadot, or parables
Midrashim, or "filling in the blanks" in Torah stories
All of these appear
None of these appear
Question 5. According to Jewish tradition, who compiled the Mishnah?
The students of Hillel
Judah the Prince
Question 6. What does Avot D'Rabbi Natan contain?
Maxims that cover the proper approach to Torah study and common human courtesy
Laws of daily life
Question 7. Which of these is not a Talmud?
The Jerusalem Talmud
The Babylonian Talmud
The Rabbis' Talmud
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 of these sages lived first?
Rabbi Judah the Prince
Question 10. How is the Tosefta different from the Mishnah?
The Tosefta is much longer than the Mishnah
The Mishnah contains rules related to women; the Tosefta does not
The Tosefta has many historical layers; the Mishnah does not
The two are basically the same