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. 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 2. Which of these is NOT a work of Jewish mysticism?
Question 3. 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
Question 4. Abraham Abulafia, a 13th-century mystic, was a devoted follower of
The Emperor Constantine
The prophet Samuel
David Ben Gurion
Question 5. The poem Yedid Nefesh was written by
Question 6. From the 13th to the 15th century, where was the world center of kabbalistic teachings?
Small villages throughout Eastern Europe
Question 7. What is significant about Safed, the northern Israeli city?
In medieval times, many spectral lights were seen in the sky over Safed
The water surrounding Safed was seen as mystically enriching
The city contained dirt carried from Mount Sinai, where the Torah was received
After the Jews were exiled from Spain, many Jewish mystics settled there
Question 8. According to kabbalistic thought, the Holy Sparks are
the spiritual illuminations inherent in all things
the 36 righteous people in the world
the letters of the Torah as seen after fasting for a week
the inspiration for holiness one finds in misery
Question 9. Which of the following famous rabbinic commentators joined a group of mystics in Safed?
Obadiah ben Jacob Sforno
Question 10. Which of the following kabbalistic thinkers attempted to attain prophecy?
Abraham Joshua Heschel
All of these
None of these