Suffering & Evil Quiz


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

Question 1 of :

Qustion 1. Does Judaism believe in a system of reward and punishment, according to the Bible?

Yes No It does not explicitly say in the Bible

Qustion 2. Which of the following did Mordecai Kaplan, the founder of Reconstructionist Judaism, believe?

God is responsible for creating both good and evil forces in the universe The term "God" represents "the power for salvation" in the universe Our idea of God is merely a representation for that which we consider to be good Evil is merely a human construction for that which we cannot understand

Qustion 3. 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 4. 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 5. Who said that "in strict covenant theology, there can be no innocent sufferers"?

Richard Rubenstein Elie Wiesel Shimon Peres Viktor Frankl

Qustion 6. The phrase "freedom is a two-edged sword" is most characteristic of which Jewish philosophy?

Hasidism Haskalah Process Theology The Free Will Defense None of these

Qustion 7. What is karet?

When a particular sin is punishable by death The biblical penalty of being "cut off from the people" A certain kind of justice meted out in biblical courts The term for one who has been sentenced to death but has not yet been executed

Qustion 8. 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 9. Who called evil "the most difficult matter…with which scholars of all ages, people and tongues have struggled"?

Rashi Maimonides Nachmanides Rabbi Harold Kushner Moses

Qustion 10. Which of these offenses was not penalized by karet?

Failing to be circumcised Eating leaven on Passover Committing incest Murder
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