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. In approaching a text, one may first try to understand its p'shat. What does this mean?

Context Plain meaning Root Time period

Qustion 2. 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 3. 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 4. What is a d'var Torah?

A Hebrew school graduation speech A cake in the shape of a Torah eaten after services at Kiddush A short talk based on a Jewish text or theme of relevance to the occasion when it is delivered A class for bar/bat mitzvah kids, where they learn haftarah cantillation

Qustion 5. 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 6. Rashi--an 11-century commentator--and his grandchildren were part of which school of study?

The Mishnah The Geonim The Tosafists The Kabbalists

Qustion 7. 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 8. What does the term “talmud torah” specifically refer to?

The study of the Torah itself The study of only the Talmud The study of the Torah, rabbinic texts, medieval commentaries, and later legal and ethical writings The study of commentaries on the weekly Torah portion

Qustion 9. 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 10. 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
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