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Afterlife & Messiah Quiz

The immortality of the soul, the World to Come, the resurrection of the dead, and the Messianic age are all part of Jewish tradition. How much do you know about this area of Jewish belief?



Question 1. According to Jewish thought, who will be the adversary of the Jewish people in an apocalyptic battle that ushers in true redemption?
 Amalek
 The descendants of those who destroyed the Temples
 Gog and Magog
 The battle will be internal, with Jews fighting against Jews

 

Question 2. Which of these was a belief of the followers of Jacob Frank?
 That all tenets of halakhah, or Jewish law, must be carried out to the fullest
 That one could outwardly obey halakhah, or Jewish law, but break it in secret
 That only the moral laws, such as sexual purity and monogamy, were essential to keep
 That halakhah was unnecessary in the times of the Messiah

 

Question 3. According to the Books of Ecclesiastes and Job, who goes down to Sheol after they die?
 Only evil men
 Only the poor
 Only free men
 Everyone

 

Question 4. According to Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady, who enjoys the bliss of the World to Come while on Earth?
 Sinners
 Saints
 Gluttons
 Those who indulge in things forbidden by Torah

 

Question 5. According to the Talmud, do non-Jews have a share in the World to Come?
 Yes
 No

 

Question 6. Which Jewish hero did many, including Rabbi Akiba, think would turn out to be the Messiah?
 Samson
 Nimrod
 Bar Kokhba
 Deborah the Judge
 None of these

 

Question 7. Which of these is NOT an example of modern messianism?
 Some Chabad Lubavitchers' beliefs about Menachem Mendel Schneerson
 Religious Zionist ideals
 Radical socialism
 Hasidism