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. Whose commentary on the Talmud is printed on the inside margins of every page?
Rabbi Moses Feinstein
Question 2. What are the two kinds of material found in the Talmud?
Law and narrative
Sephardic positions and Ashkenazic positions
Rulings for priests and rulings for Israelites
P'shat and midrash
Question 3. 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 4. According to the Talmud, which of these sages entered the Divine Pardes, or the Orchard, and came out sane and alive?
Ben Bag Bag
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. Who was Beruriah?
The wife of Rabbi Yohanan
A woman who learned "three hundred laws from three hundred teachers in one day"
The original compiler of the Talmud
A female martyr in the Talmudic era
None of the above
Question 7. 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 8. What does Talmud mean?
Question 9. Which came first, the Mishnah or the Gemara?
Question 10. Which is the standard edition of the Talmud?
The Jerusalem Edition
The Vilna Edition
The Perushim of Rashi
The Revised Standard Version