QUIZ-RABBINIC PERIOD - Congregation Kol Ami

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1. What were the men called who interpreted the Torah (Law) to the people and
what does their name mean?
2. Choose from the correct letter from the following list to answer the questions
A. Sadducees
B. Pharisees
C. Zealots
D. Essenes
_____ 1.) Jewish warriors who fought against the Romans.
_____ 2.) Involved in Temple. Accepted only the written Torah.
_____ 3.) Lived in the desert. Lived by strict rule. Some were ascetic.
_____ 4.) Followers of the rabbis. Believed in both the written and oral law.
Accepted idea of resurrection and a World to come.
3. There are two views as to the origin of the Oral Law. One view is held by the
Orthodox, the other view by the non-Orthodox. What are these two views?
4. Fill in the blank:
a. The __________________ is the oral law which interprets what
is in the Torah.
b. The __________________ is the commentary on the above. The
_________________ and the ______________ together equals
the ________________.
5. The Hebrew term used for Jewish Law which means “the way to go” is
6. The non-legal parts found in the Talmud are called _______________.
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7. The Midrashim are explanations and interpretations of what is found in the
Hebrew Bible. True or False?
8. Hillel told the pagan wanting to know the essence of Judaism the central teaching
of Judaism is _____________________________________________________.
9. The rabbis believed within each person there was a Yetzer HaRa and a HaTov. In
English, what are the rabbis talking about?
10. When Rabbi Akiba, the ignorant shepherd who began his studies at 40 and
became a great scholar and teacher in Israel, was executed by the Romans, what
were the last words said on his dying lips?
11. Christians call the Hebrew Bible the “Old Testament”. The Jews call the Hebrew
Bible the _________________________________.
12. The first 5 books of the Bible are called the ______________________________.
13. The second part of the Hebrew Bible deals with the _______________________.
14. What is the Jewish concept of the Messiah and tell why the Jews could not accept
Jesus as the Jewish Messiah?
15. Jesus was a Christian who preached about love to the Jews. True or False?
16. In the early Jewish-Christian Church there was a conflict between Paul and James
concerning the definition of what a Christian was. Explain these two views.
17. List some of the basic differences between Judaism and Christianity.
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18. In Medieval society the Jews functioned as: (circle one)
A. nobles
B. priests
C. merchants
D. serfs
19. Present the Christian and the Jewish views of the Crusades.
20. Jews in Spain were given two choices at the end of the 14th century. What were
these two choices:
21. A Jew in Spain who had converted to Catholicism and was outwardly a Catholic
but still lived as a Jew secretly was called a/an ______________________.
22. Many Jews who had converted to Catholicism in Spain were later executed as
heretics by the Spanish __________________.
23. In the 7th century, Mohammed founded the ________________ religion. A
believer in this religion is called a _______________.
24. The great Jewish philosopher and rabbi Moses Maimonides taught that the highest
form of Tzedakah (righteous act of giving) is _____________________________
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25. Define:
A. Sephardic Jews:
B. Ashkenazic Jews:
26. Define the word Kabbalah.
27. Throughout the Middle Ages there were many Jews who claimed to be the
Messiah, but they all failed in their mission. True or False?
28. What is the major book of Kabbalah?
A. Tanach
B. Zohar
C. The book of Kabbalah
D. Torah