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 these thinkers was involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States?

Baruch Spinoza Theodor Herzl Abraham Joshua Heschel Meir Kahane

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

Roman Greek Arab Persian

Qustion 4. 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 5. True or False: Medieval Jewish Philosophers were averse to ever citing the work or theories of non-Jewish philosophers.

True False

Qustion 6. 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 7. 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 8. What is rationalism?

Rationalism is the attitude in which religious faith has to justify itself at the bar of reason before it can be accepted. Rationalism is the attitude that logic is at the base of all of God’s actions. Rationalism is the attitude in which rational actions are examined and proved to be ultimately hypocritical. Rationalism is the intensely personal philosophy in which the individual responds not to a philosophical system, which she surveys from the outside, but to what is true for her.

Qustion 9. Hellenistic Jewish literature is dominated by which figure?

Philo Judah Maccabee Rabbi Akiba Caesar

Qustion 10. Judah Halevi’s Kuzari is the story of

The king of the Khazars who is considering a conversion to Judaism A man from a town called Kuzar who has to decide whether to accept or reject written Jewish law A poet living in a cave in Safed who has visions of angels The history of the city of Jerusalem, as told by the prophet Elijah
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