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 philosophers was NOT Spanish?

Maimonides Saadiah Gaon Judah Halevi Bahya Ibn Pakudah

Qustion 2. 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 3. Which of these groups was NOT labeled heretic?

The Karaites The Sephardic Jews in North Africa The Mitnagdim The Hasidim

Qustion 4. In religious existentialism the believer adopts monotheism because

He has seen absolute proof of a single God Through a leap of faith He understands that he is just a speck in the vastness of the universe He has been told to at Sunday school

Qustion 5. Solomon Ibn Adret is more commonly known as

Rashba Rambam Rashi Saadiah Gaon

Qustion 6. True or False: Medieval Jewish Philosophers were averse to ever citing the work or theories of non-Jewish philosophers.

True False

Qustion 7. 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 8. 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 9. Which Jewish philosopher was sometimes known as the rabbi of Theresienstadt?

Martin Buber Abraham Joshua Heschel Menachem Mendel Schneerson Leo Baeck

Qustion 10. True or false: Kabbalists thought that only a handful of worthy students should receive the secrets of the Law.

True False
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