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 NOT a work of Jewish mysticism?
Question 2. Which of the following kabbalistic thinkers attempted to attain prophecy?
Abraham Joshua Heschel
All of these
None of these
Question 3. Which of the following people are associated with the authorhsip of the Zohar
Moses de Leon
Question 4. 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 5. Merkavah mysticism attempts to conceive of God as:
A chariot, based on the Book of Ezekiel
A lion, based on the Book of Daniel
A pillar of fire, based on Exodus
A vessel of oil, based on the story of Elisha
Question 6. Which of the following famous rabbinic commentators joined a group of mystics in Safed?
Obadiah ben Jacob Sforno
Question 7. 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 8. 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 9. The key concepts of Lurianic kabbalah include
the “shattering of the vessels”
Both of the above
Neither of the above
Question 10. 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