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 daily prayers emphasizes the obligation to study and teach Torah?

Modeh Ani Adon Olam The Shema Aleinu

Qustion 2. In approaching a text, one may first try to understand its p'shat. What does this mean?

Context Plain meaning Root Time period

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

Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur Simchat Torah Shavuot

Qustion 6. 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 7. 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 8. 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 9. 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 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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