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. Which of these is a characteristic of the kabbalistic conception of the Ein Sof?
It is the creator of all life
It is limitless
No human can gaze directly at it
Only learned rabbis can come in contact with it
Question 2. Which of these forms of Jewish mysticism came first?
Question 3. In 1968, Arthur Green, before he became a prominent Jewish Renewal rabbi, compared the experience of studying kabbalah to:
Question 4. What does Sefer Yetsirah posit about the Hebrew alphabet?
That Hebrew is the only holy language
That each of the 22 letters was used in the creation of the universe
That each Hebrew letter corresponds to a different part of the human body
That the 22 letters are symbolic of the constellations in the sky
Question 5. The key concepts of Lurianic kabbalah include
the “shattering of the vessels”
Both of the above
Neither of the above
Question 6. 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 7. What is tzimtzum?
A product of the shevirah, shattering
A vessel of light flowing from the orfices of the first man
God’s essential self
A contraction of God into a finite space
Question 8. 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 9. 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 10. Why is Avraham Berg's Kabbalah Centre organization criticized by many Jewish institutions?
The paraphernalia it sells
They accuse it of distorting kabbalistic teachings and concepts
Its recruitment and teaching methods
All of these
None of these