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

 

Question 3. Which is the standard edition of the Talmud?
 The Jerusalem Edition
 The Vilna Edition
 The Perushim of Rashi
 The Revised Standard Version

 

Question 4. Which came first, the Mishnah or the Gemara?
 Mishnah
 Gemara

 

Question 5. 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 6. Which of these teachings does NOT appear in Pirkei Avot?
 Love your neighbor as yourself
 The world stands on three things: Torah, service, and acts of loving kindness
 The day is short and the work is great
 You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it

 

Question 7. 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 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. 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 10. Who was Rabbenu Tam?
 A Tanna
 A tosafist
 A common adversary of Yose ben Yoezer
 A sage quoted often in the Mishnah