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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. 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

 

Question 2. What are the sefirot?
 Emanations
 Countings
 Attribures of God that are understandable to human beings
 All of these
 None of these

 

Question 3. Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, the founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, is especially interested in what aspect of religion?
 Academic
 Literary
 Theoretical
 Experiential

 

Question 4. 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

 

Question 5. 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 6. The poem Yedid Nefesh was written by
 The Arizal
 Eleazar Azikri
 Rashi
 Isaac Luria

 

Question 7. Which of the following people are associated with the authorhsip of the Zohar
 Moses de Leon
 Moses Maimonides
 Rashi
 Baruch Spinoza

 

Question 8. 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 9. Abraham Abulafia, a 13th-century mystic, was a devoted follower of
 Maimonides
 The Emperor Constantine
 The prophet Samuel
 David Ben Gurion

 

Question 10. In 1968, Arthur Green, before he became a prominent Jewish Renewal rabbi, compared the experience of studying kabbalah to:
 Yoga
 Transcendental meditation
 Taking drugs
 Sexual fulfillment