Suffering & Evil Quiz

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

Question 1 of :

Qustion 1. Which of these offenses was not penalized by karet?

Failing to be circumcised Eating leaven on Passover Committing incest Murder

Qustion 2. 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 3. According to Saadiah Gaon, which of these is not a purpose of human suffering?

Education Punishment Testing Restitution None of the above

Qustion 4. True or false: For Jews, the problem of suffering is twofold, including a universal problem and a particular problem.

True False

Qustion 5. What was the reaction of the Jewish philosophical community in the first 20 years following the Holocaust?

That the state of affairs in the world created the evil of the Holocaust That the Holocaust was not itself evil--what was problematic was the human desire for cruelty There was no forceful reaction--nobody knew how to deal with the Holocaust That the Holocaust was, in some way, indirectly the fault of the victims

Qustion 6. 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 7. Who wrote the book When Bad Things Happen to Good People?

Blu Greenberg Rabbi Louis Jacobs Rabbi Harold Kushner Gertrude Berg

Qustion 8. According to Judaism, why do bad things happen to good people?

We cannot know The people suffering might seem "good" but they are in fact being punished for sins they committed Those who suffer now will be rewarded in the afterlife Jewish thinkers have advanced all of these answers

Qustion 9. Why is the question of suffering and evil unique among theological and philosophical problems?

It confronts us almost daily Jewish history is replete with tragedy, both individual and communal The Holocaust significantly impacted the discourse around this problem All of the above

Qustion 10. What do traditional Jewish sources teach about Hell?

There is no afterlife in Judaism There is a heaven and a hell, similar to the Christian division There is an incorporeal "middle ground" called Gehennom, or purgatory There is an afterlife, but only for good people
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