Suffering & Evil QuizJewish thinkers throughout the ages have asked: Why do bad things happen to good people?
Question 1. 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 2. According to the Talmud, when Rabbi Akiba was tortured by the Romans at the end of his life, what did he do?
He repeated the Shema prayer again and again
He closesd his eyes and ignored the pain
He mystically enabled himself to explode into fire
He embraced the pain and redirected it for good
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. According to the Book of Ezekiel, can someone be punished for the deeds of his or her ancestors?
Question 5. 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 6. The phrase "freedom is a two-edged sword" is most characteristic of which Jewish philosophy?
The Free Will Defense
None of these
Question 7. Which approach to a painful experience does Rabbi Harold Kushner recommend?
Pretending it didn't happen
Dwelling in the pain
Asking, "What did I do to deserve this?"
Asking, "Now that this has happened to me, what am I going to do about it?"
Question 8. According to the Bible, what did God promise to the Jews at Mt. Sinai, if they followed God's ways?
Rewards if they followed God, suffering if they did not
Question 9. How does the Bahir, the earliest kabbalistic work, describe the sefirah (Godís emanation) of "power"?
"The penitential sefirah"
"That which has the name of evil"
"The sefirah of Satan"
"The compassionate one"
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