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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 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 2. 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 3. 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 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 Talmud mean?


Question 6. Who was Hillel's intellectual adversary?


Question 7. According to Jewish tradition, who compiled the Mishnah?
 The Amoraim
 Resh Lakish
 The students of Hillel
 Judah the Prince


Question 8. 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 9. True or false: The Talmud is a code of law, much like the Shulhan Arukh.


Question 10. According to the Talmud, which of these sages entered the Divine Pardes, or the Orchard, and came out sane and alive?
 Rabbi Meir
 Rabbi Akiba
 Rabbi Yohanan
 Ben Bag Bag