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?

Question 1 of :

Qustion 1. Which of these Jewish thinkers lived most recently?

Philo Maimonides A.J. Heschel Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Qustion 2. How does Judah Halevi distinguish the Jewish revelation story from Islam and Christianity's stories of revelation?

Judaism doesn't believe in a literal revelation Judaism's revelation was on a mountain Judaism's was revealed to 600,000 people and not one person None of the above

Qustion 3. Who wrote the Guide to the Perplexed?

Rashi Nahmanides Saadiah Gaon Maimonides

Qustion 4. 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 5. True or false: Aristotle is never mentioned in the Talmud.

True False

Qustion 6. 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 7. 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

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

Philo Maimonides A.J. Heschel Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Qustion 9. 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 10. 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
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