Suffering & Evil QuizJewish thinkers throughout the ages have asked: Why do bad things happen to good people?
Question 1. According to Judaism, why do bad things happen to good people?
We cannot know
The people suffering might seem "good" but they are in fact being punished for sins they committed
Those who suffer now will be rewarded in the afterlife
Jewish thinkers have advanced all of these answers
Question 2. Which of these texts was the first to ask the question "Why do bad things happen to good people"?
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The Book of Leviticus
The Book of Job
The Book of Isaiah
The Book of Daniel
Question 3. The problem of suffering and evil took on an unprecedented role in Jewish thought after what event?
The giving of the Ten Commandments
The editing of the Mishnah
The Protestant reformation
Question 4. Who called evil "the most difficult matter…with which scholars of all ages, people and tongues have struggled"?
Rabbi Harold Kushner
Question 5. The phrase "freedom is a two-edged sword" is most characteristic of which Jewish philosophy?
The Free Will Defense
None of these
Question 6. 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 7. 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 8. According to Saadiah Gaon, which of these is not a purpose of human suffering?
None of the above
Question 9. Which of these offenses was not penalized by karet?
Failing to be circumcised
Eating leaven on Passover
Question 10. Which of these is an interpretation of the biblical punishment of karet?
Dying before the age of 60
All of the above
None of the above