Kabbalah & Mysticism QuizJewish 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. In 1968, Arthur Green, before he became a prominent Jewish Renewal rabbi, compared the experience of studying kabbalah to:
Question 2. The earliest disseminated text of Kabbalistic thought was:
Question 3. Which rabbi is responsible for challenging the convention that the study of Kabbalah is only for a few elite scholars and thinkers?
The Vilna Gaon
Question 4. Gershom Scholem was:
A Jewish Renewal rabbi who popularized Shema meditation
The philosopher who wrote I and Thou
The founder of modern academic study of Jewish mysticism
The assistant and most enthusiastic proponent of Shabbetai Zevi
Question 5. The poem Yedid Nefesh was written by
Question 6. According to kabbalistic thought, the Holy Sparks are
the spiritual illuminations inherent in all things
the 36 righteous people in the world
the letters of the Torah as seen after fasting for a week
the inspiration for holiness one finds in misery
Question 7. Which of the following people are associated with the authorhsip of the Zohar
Moses de Leon
Question 8. Merkavah mystics chose the first chapter of one prophetic book as their textual starting point. Which book was it?
The Book of Isaiah
The Book of Jeremiah
The Book of Samuel
The Book of Ezekiel
Question 9. Which of these forms of Jewish mysticism came first?
Question 10. What is Kabbalah?
A 26-volume book of Jewish mystical thought
A loosely-defined umbrella term representing Jewish mystical thought
A collection of the mystical passages in the Torah and Talmud
The most mystical of the four sects of post-Babylonian Exile Judaism