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 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 2. 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 3. 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 4. Rashi--an 11-century commentator--and his grandchildren were part of which school of study?

The Mishnah The Geonim The Tosafists The Kabbalists

Qustion 5. What is a talmid hakham?

A house of worship A type of Talmud A Torah scholar A medieval Torah commentary

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 does "it" refer to in this rabbinic saying: "Turn it and turn it; for everything is in it"?

The Torah The human soul The created universe The Jewish prayer book

Qustion 8. 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 9. 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 10. 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
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