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. What is a talmid hakham?

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

Qustion 4. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 10. 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
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