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Kabbalah & Mysticism Quiz

Jewish mystical teachings about the nature of God and reality have had a profound impact on the development of Judaism. How much do you know about this area of Jewish contemplation and spirituality?



Question 1. Which of the following non-kabbalistic books was written by a kabbalist?
 Shulhan Arukh, the code of Jewish law
 Sefer Hahinukh, the list of mitzvot in the Torah
 Halikhot Bat Yisrael, the code of Jewish women’s behavior
 Sefer Minhagim, the directory of Jewish customs

 

Question 2. The key concepts of Lurianic kabbalah include
 tzimtzum (contraction)
 the “shattering of the vessels”
 Both of the above
 Neither of the above

 

Question 3. Which rabbi is responsible for challenging the convention that the study of Kabbalah is only for a few elite scholars and thinkers?
 Joseph Caro
 Yehuda Ashlag
 Moshe Soleveichik
 The Vilna Gaon

 

Question 4. What are kelipot?
 The head coverings that observant Jewish men wear
 The shells or husks that imprison the Holy Sparks
 The red strings that the Kabbalah Centre sells
 The scrolls that contain the most important works of kabbalistic thought

 

Question 5. What is Jewish Renewal?
 An agrarian movement based on holistic eating and organic produce
 A movement that combines Hasidic mysticism with Eastern spiritual traditions
 The seven-year cycle by which produce and plants in Israel are reclaimed
 A more common term for the 18th-century revolution in Jewish learning

 

Question 6. From the 13th to the 15th century, where was the world center of kabbalistic teachings?
 Jerusalem
 Safed
 Spain
 Small villages throughout Eastern Europe

 

Question 7. Which of the following kabbalistic thinkers attempted to attain prophecy?
 Isaac Luria
 Abraham Joshua Heschel
 Abraham Abulafia
 All of these
 None of these

 

Question 8. Which of these is NOT a work of Jewish mysticism?
 Heikhalot literature
 Zohar
 Midrash Tehillim
 Sefer Yetzirah

 

Question 9. The poem Yedid Nefesh was written by
 The Arizal
 Eleazar Azikri
 Rashi
 Isaac Luria

 

Question 10. Who was the first rebbe of Lubavitch and the author of the Tanya?
 Menachem Mendel Schneerson
 Israel Baal Shem Tov
 Shneur Zalman of Liadi
 Moses Mendelssohn