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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. 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 2. According to the Mishnah, who "brings a child into the World to Come"?
 His or her parents
 His or her teacher
 His or her siblings
 His or her previous incarnations


Question 3. In the view of the talmudic sage Rav, which of the following is true about the World to Come?
 Sexual relations will be unrestricted
 Everyone will be rich
 Food will taste like anything we want
 There will be no food except for the light of the Shekhinah


Question 4. According to Jewish thought, who will be the adversary of the Jewish people in an apocalyptic battle that ushers in true redemption?
 The descendants of those who destroyed the Temples
 Gog and Magog
 The battle will be internal, with Jews fighting against Jews


Question 5. Which of these is not a term that refers to the Jewish conception of the Afterlife?
 Eternal Jerusalem
 Gan Eden
 The World to Come


Question 6. True or false: The mystic Abraham Abulafia didn't just try to bring the Messiah, he tried to become the Messiah.


Question 7. How did Jacob Frank and his followers refer to God?
 The Holy One, Blessed Be He
 The King of Kings
 Big Brother
 The Name