Thinkers & Thought QuizA 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 the following philosophers was about to convert to Christianity, but decided to attend synagogue before he left Judaism, and was so inspired by the Yom Kippur service he attended, that he ultimately became a strong advocate of Judaism for Jews, and Christianity for Christians?
Question 2. Who wrote Wars of the Lord?
Question 3. A main goal of medieval Jewish thinkers was to reconcile Jewish thought with what philosophy?
Question 4. Which of these philosophers was NOT Spanish?
Bahya Ibn Pakudah
Question 5. Hellenistic Jewish literature is dominated by which figure?
Question 6. Judah Haleviís Kuzari is the story of
The king of the Khazars who is considering a conversion to Judaism
A man from a town called Kuzar who has to decide whether to accept or reject written Jewish law
A poet living in a cave in Safed who has visions of angels
The history of the city of Jerusalem, as told by the prophet Elijah
Question 7. When Joseph Soloveitchik moved to the United States, he became Chief Rabbi of the Orthodox community in what city?
Question 8. 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 9. Which of these Jewish thinkers identified as an Orthodox Jew?
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Question 10. Which of these statements is NOT one of Maimonides' 13 Principles of Faith?
God has no physical body
The Messiah will redeem Israel
The dead will be resurrected
Jews must live in the Land of Israel