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

True False

Qustion 2. Solomon Ibn Adret is more commonly known as

Rashba Rambam Rashi Saadiah Gaon

Qustion 3. Which of these statements about Jewish philosophy is true?

There is not a lot of debate; most issues are very straightforward and authorities are unified It has historically been more important than Jewish practice (halakhah) Throughout history, it developed in dialogue with surrounding cultures Though there is a lot of debate, all agree that the ultimate reward awaits in the World to Come

Qustion 4. 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 5. Which of the following philosophers was excommunicated from his Jewish community?

Saadia Gaon Nachmanides Gersonides Baruch Spinoza

Qustion 6. When Joseph Soloveitchik moved to the United States, he became Chief Rabbi of the Orthodox community in what city?

Boston New York Philadelphia Baltimore

Qustion 7. Who was voted the greatest British Jew of all time by the London Jewish Chronicle in 2005?

Hermann Adler Sir Jonathan Sacks Louis Jacobs Benjamin Disraeli

Qustion 8. A main goal of medieval Jewish thinkers was to reconcile Jewish thought with what philosophy?

Roman Greek Arab Persian

Qustion 9. Which of these philosophers was NOT Spanish?

Maimonides Saadiah Gaon Judah Halevi Bahya Ibn Pakudah

Qustion 10. Which of these Jewish thinkers lived most recently?

Philo Maimonides A.J. Heschel Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
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