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 forms of Jewish mysticism came first?
Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. 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 5. 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 6. What are the sefirot?
Attribures of God that are understandable to human beings
All of these
None of these
Question 7. Abraham Abulafia, a 13th-century mystic, was a devoted follower of
The Emperor Constantine
The prophet Samuel
David Ben Gurion
Question 8. 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 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. Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, the founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, is especially interested in what aspect of religion?