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Thinkers & Thought Quiz

A wide cast of intellectuals devoted their lives to defining what Judaism meant to them, and what it should mean to others. How much do you know about these thinkers and their philosophies?

Question 1. Which of these thinkers was involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States?
 Baruch Spinoza
 Theodor Herzl
 Abraham Joshua Heschel
 Meir Kahane


Question 2. Which of these Jewish thinkers identified as an Orthodox Jew?
 A.J. Heschel
 Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson


Question 3. True or False: Medieval Jewish Philosophers were averse to ever citing the work or theories of non-Jewish philosophers.


Question 4. How does Judah Halevi distinguish the Jewish revelation story from Islam and Christianity's stories of revelation?
 Judaism doesn't believe in a literal revelation
 Judaism's revelation was on a mountain
 Judaism's was revealed to 600,000 people and not one person
 None of the above


Question 5. In Jerusalem, or On Religious Power and Judaism, Moses Mendelssohn argued that
 Jews should move to Israel
 Judaism is constant with values of the Enlightenment
 Judaism was all but dead
 Jews should convert to Christianity


Question 6. What is syncretism?
 A unanimous decision in the Talmud
 A tradition that is accepted both by Ashkenazic and Sephardic rabbis
 A negative commandment
 None of the above


Question 7. When Joseph Soloveitchik moved to the United States, he became Chief Rabbi of the Orthodox community in what city?
 New York


Question 8. According to E. E. Dessler the best way to understand God is to
 Do works of lovingkindness
 Study Torah
 Work for a Jewish organization
 Fast and immerse oneself in Kabbalah


Question 9. Gersonides was not
 A talmudist
 A doctor
 A philosopher
 An astronomer


Question 10. Which of these groups was NOT labeled heretic?
 The Karaites
 The Sephardic Jews in North Africa
 The Mitnagdim
 The Hasidim