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 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 3. Who came up with the concept of I-Thou?

Martin Buber Abraham Joshua Heschel Mordecai Kaplan Franz Rosenzweig

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

True False

Qustion 6. 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

Qustion 7. Gersonides was not

A talmudist A doctor A philosopher An astronomer

Qustion 8. Which Jewish philosopher was sometimes known as the rabbi of Theresienstadt?

Martin Buber Abraham Joshua Heschel Menachem Mendel Schneerson Leo Baeck

Qustion 9. Who wrote Wars of the Lord?

Maimonides Nahmanides Gersonides Rashba

Qustion 10. 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
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