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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. True or false: Reform Judaism rejects the idea of a physical resurrection.


Question 2. Which Jewish hero did many, including Rabbi Akiba, think would turn out to be the Messiah?
 Bar Kokhba
 Deborah the Judge
 None of these


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


Question 4. What is the difference between Mashiah ben Joseph and Mashiah ben David?
 One is the Jewish Messiah; the other is the Christian version of the Messiah
 One will be the actual Messiah; one will be the embodiment of the World to Come
 One will fight in a colossal war and die; one will bring the World to Come
 One will try to attract new followers to Judaism; one will attempt to draw in those who are already Jewish


Question 5. According to Maimonides, which is true about the Messiah?
 The Messiah will bring world peace
 The Messiah will reign over a peaceful and prosperous Israel
 The Messiah will undoubtedly be a man
 The Messiah will live forever


Question 6. In the Zohar, when do most pilgrimages of holy people to Heaven take place?
 At the sun's first light
 During the night, while they sleep
 At the moments of prayer
 Just before their weddings


Question 7. In Jewish belief, which of these is not a possibility?
 The soul separates from the body
 The soul goes straight to heaven
 The soul makes a stop in hell (Gehinnom) to purge itself of sins
 The soul transmutes into the World to Come