Suffering & Evil Quiz

Jewish thinkers throughout the ages have asked: Why do bad things happen to good people?

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Qustion 1. Which of the following claims did Maimonides deny in his philosophical writings?

God is perfectly good God is all-powerful God is all-knowing Evil is real

Qustion 2. What did Abraham Isaac Kook think about the relationship between God and evil?

That evil was the opposite of God That evil did not exist That, for some reason, God created the force of evil That one day God would destroy all evil in the world

Qustion 3. What is the subject of the well-known Jewish book on suffering, For Those I Loved?

The Holocaust Cancer Becoming religious Stopping being religious

Qustion 4. Which of the following thinkers first posited that both good and evil forces emanate from God?

Mordecai Kaplan Rav Kook Rabbi Jill Jacobs Rabbi Harold Kushner Rabbi Akiva

Qustion 5. How does Process Theology understand the Holocaust?

It posits that God had no role in the Holocaust; that it was all human beings It rethinks traditional notions of a beneficent and providential God It rejects the idea of God in the first place It suggests that God's role was to save those who survived the Holocaust

Qustion 6. True or false: In the Talmud, the rabbis tend to focus on theological solutions to the problem of evil, rather than the human response to suffering.

True False

Qustion 7. What is the Sitra Ahra?

"The Other Side," a reference to the forces of evil "That Which Protects from Evil" "The Talisman," a reference to writings about suffering "The Second Door," a reference to Purgatory

Qustion 8. True or false: The concept of reward and punishment is the Torah's explanation for the existence of suffering.

True False

Qustion 9. Which of these is an interpretation of the biblical punishment of karet?

Spiritual excommunication Dying before the age of 60 Dying childless All of the above None of the above

Qustion 10. According to Maimonides, what is the worst punishment for sinners?

Stoning Burning Dismemberment Karet
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