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. 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 2. 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 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. 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 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

Qustion 6. What is a talmid hakham?

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

Qustion 7. In approaching a text, one may first try to understand its p'shat. What does this mean?

Context Plain meaning Root Time period

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. Which of these daily prayers emphasizes the obligation to study and teach Torah?

Modeh Ani Adon Olam The Shema Aleinu

Qustion 10. 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
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