Afterlife & Messiah QuizThe 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?
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