Torah Study Quiz

For thousands of years Jews have been studying texts in pairs or in groups, respectfully debating each other, and learning the stories and legal texts of Judaism. How much do you know about studying Torah?

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Qustion 1. Which of these describes the process of Jewish study?

A dialogue among students A dialogue among students and their teachers A dialogue between students and the text All of the above

Qustion 2. Which of the following statements about Jewish censorship of books is most accurate?

Throughout history Jews have censored books by other Jews at remarkable rates and with great intensity There are no instances of Jewish censorship or book burning In the Middle Ages Jewish censorship sometimes led to apostasy and in one case, murder Compared to the adherents of Christianity and Islam, Jews have been rather less tempted to condemn works compiled by other Jews

Qustion 3. True or false: In the period after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, Torah study, along with liturgical prayer, replaced sacrifices as the primary means of worship.

True False

Qustion 4. Which 20th-century Jewish scholar said: “When I pray, I speak to God; when I study, God speaks to me”?

Ovadiah Yosef Martin Buber Louis Finkelstein Judith Plaskow

Qustion 5. Which of the following Jewish books have, at one time, been banned?

Azariah de Rossi's Meor Eynayyim Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed Mordecai Kaplan's siddur All of these

Qustion 6. What is a humash?

A Torah scroll A book containing only haftarot A code of Jewish law A printed Torah for synagogue use which usually also contains haftarot

Qustion 7. What is a beit midrash?

A Torah scholar A house of study A holy ark where Torah scrolls are kept A special room where only rabbis are allowed to study

Qustion 8. Before studying, it is customary to say a blessing thanking God for what?

Commanding us to occupy ourselves with the words of Torah Commanding us to learn Torah Commanding us to teach and promulgate Torah Commanding us the mitzvot in the Torah

Qustion 9. After which holiday do Jews begin the cycle of weekly Torah reading?

Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur Simchat Torah Shavuot

Qustion 10. What does Judaism value more--study or action?

Study is most important because it is considered equal to all the other commandments Action is most important, as it says in Pirke Avot: "It is not the study that is essential, but rather the action" Study is most important, when it leads to action Neither is as important as meditation
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