Suffering & Evil QuizJewish thinkers throughout the ages have asked: Why do bad things happen to good people?
Question 1. True or false: In the Talmud, the rabbis tend to focus on theological solutions to the problem of evil, rather than the human response to suffering.
Question 2. Who wrote the book When Bad Things Happen to Good People?
Rabbi Louis Jacobs
Rabbi Harold Kushner
Question 3. 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 4. Which of the following thinkers first posited that both good and evil forces emanate from God?
Rabbi Jill Jacobs
Rabbi Harold Kushner
Question 5. What do traditional Jewish sources teach about Hell?
There is no afterlife in Judaism
There is a heaven and a hell, similar to the Christian division
There is an incorporeal "middle ground" called Gehennom, or purgatory
There is an afterlife, but only for good people
Question 6. According to the Book of Ezekiel, can someone be punished for the deeds of his or her ancestors?
Question 7. 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 8. In Reeve Robert Brenner's study documenting Holocaust survivors' faith in God, what results were found?
Survivors were far more likely to believe in God
Survivors were far less likely to believe in God
The Holocaust did not extremely affect survivors' belief in God
Question 9. What did Abraham Isaac Kook think about the relationship between God and evil?
That evil was the opposite of God
That evil did not exist
That, for some reason, God created the force of evil
That one day God would destroy all evil in the world
Question 10. Which of these offenses was not penalized by karet?
Failing to be circumcised
Eating leaven on Passover