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. The earliest disseminated text of Kabbalistic thought was:
Question 2. According to Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag, the study of Kabbalah is:
An otherwordly tradition
A logical system intended for the ethical and political redemption of human society
The only way to guarantee one will have a place in the World to Come
A good way to rub elbows with celebrities
Question 3. 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 4. True or false: Hasidism spread mystical thinking and living to the masses of European Jewry by teaching that all people could have an experiential connection with God.
Question 5. 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 6. Which of the following famous rabbinic commentators joined a group of mystics in Safed?
Obadiah ben Jacob Sforno
Question 7. 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
Question 8. Which of these is NOT a work of Jewish mysticism?
Question 9. Who was the first rebbe of Lubavitch and the author of the Tanya?
Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Israel Baal Shem Tov
Shneur Zalman of Liadi
Question 10. According to Luria and his followers, what does tikkun olam represent?
The idea that following mitzvot, no matter how seemingly trivial, takes on a cosmic definition
Repairing the world by doing good deeds for non-Jews
Visualizing every part of the body as a separate vessel of God
Combining the ideas of involuntary commandment and voluntary service