Thinkers & Thought Quiz


A wide cast of intellectuals devoted their lives to defining what Judaism meant to them, and what it should mean to others. How much do you know about these thinkers and their philosophies?

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Qustion 1. Which of the following philosophers was excommunicated from his Jewish community?

Saadia Gaon Nachmanides Gersonides Baruch Spinoza

Qustion 2. When did Jewish thinkers begin to try to prove the existence of God?

In the Second Temple period In the Talmud In the Middle Ages After the Enlightenment

Qustion 3. True or false: Kabbalists thought that only a handful of worthy students should receive the secrets of the Law.

True False

Qustion 4. Which Jewish philosopher wrote The Lonely Man of Faith?

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein Isaac Abrabanel Rabbi Joseph Caro Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik

Qustion 5. Which of these thinkers was involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States?

Baruch Spinoza Theodor Herzl Abraham Joshua Heschel Meir Kahane

Qustion 6. Which Jewish philosopher was sometimes known as the rabbi of Theresienstadt?

Martin Buber Abraham Joshua Heschel Menachem Mendel Schneerson Leo Baeck

Qustion 7. In Jerusalem, or On Religious Power and Judaism, Moses Mendelssohn argued that

Jews should move to Israel Judaism is constant with values of the Enlightenment Judaism was all but dead Jews should convert to Christianity

Qustion 8. Which of these Jewish thinkers identified as an Orthodox Jew?

Philo Maimonides A.J. Heschel Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Qustion 9. A main goal of medieval Jewish thinkers was to reconcile Jewish thought with what philosophy?

Roman Greek Arab Persian

Qustion 10. When Joseph Soloveitchik moved to the United States, he became Chief Rabbi of the Orthodox community in what city?

Boston New York Philadelphia Baltimore
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