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. What is syncretism?

A unanimous decision in the Talmud A tradition that is accepted both by Ashkenazic and Sephardic rabbis A negative commandment None of the above

Qustion 2. Which of the following philosophers was about to convert to Christianity, but decided to attend synagogue before he left Judaism, and was so inspired by the Yom Kippur service he attended, that he ultimately became a strong advocate of Judaism for Jews, and Christianity for Christians?

Hermann Cohen Franz Rosenzweig E.E. Dessler Martin Buber

Qustion 3. Emmanuel Levinas published works in Les Temps Modernes--the journal of which French philosopher?

Albert Camus Jean-Paul Sartre Simone de Beauvoir Michel Foucault

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

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein Isaac Abrabanel Rabbi Joseph Caro Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik

Qustion 5. According to E. E. Dessler the best way to understand God is to

Do works of lovingkindness Study Torah Work for a Jewish organization Fast and immerse oneself in Kabbalah

Qustion 6. 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 7. Which of these philosophers was NOT Spanish?

Maimonides Saadiah Gaon Judah Halevi Bahya Ibn Pakudah

Qustion 8. Who wrote the Guide to the Perplexed?

Rashi Nahmanides Saadiah Gaon Maimonides

Qustion 9. True or false: Non-Jewish readers refered to Moses Mendelssohn as "the Jewish Socrates."

True False

Qustion 10. Which of these statements is NOT one of Maimonides' 13 Principles of Faith?

God has no physical body The Messiah will redeem Israel The dead will be resurrected Jews must live in the Land of Israel
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