Suffering & Evil QuizJewish thinkers throughout the ages have asked: Why do bad things happen to good people?
Question 1. True or false: For Jews, the problem of suffering is twofold, including a universal problem and a particular problem.
Question 2. True or false: In traditional Jewish thought, Satan does not exist.
Question 3. What is the philosophical conclusion reached by the Book of Job?
Job suffered in this world in order to achieve a reward in the next
Humans are just toys to be played with by God and the angels
It is fruitless for humans to try to figure out why God causes some righteous people to suffer
All of these
None of these
Question 4. How does Process Theology understand the Holocaust?
It posits that God had no role in the Holocaust; that it was all human beings
It rethinks traditional notions of a beneficent and providential God
It rejects the idea of God in the first place
It suggests that God's role was to save those who survived the Holocaust
Question 5. Which of the following claims did Maimonides deny in his philosophical writings?
God is perfectly good
God is all-powerful
God is all-knowing
Evil is real
Question 6. How does the Bahir, the earliest kabbalistic work, describe the sefirah (God’s emanation) of "power"?
"The penitential sefirah"
"That which has the name of evil"
"The sefirah of Satan"
"The compassionate one"
Question 7. Who called evil "the most difficult matter…with which scholars of all ages, people and tongues have struggled"?
Rabbi Harold Kushner
Question 8. True or false: The concept of reward and punishment is the Torah's explanation for the existence of suffering.
Question 9. What is the subject of the well-known Jewish book on suffering, For Those I Loved?
Stopping being religious
Question 10. The problem of justifying God despite the existence of evil is called:
None of the above