My Jewish Learning

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


Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. When did Jewish thinkers begin to try to prove the existence of God?
 In the Second Temple period
 In the Talmud
 In the Middle Ages
 After the Enlightenment


Question 5. Who came up with the concept of I-Thou?
 Martin Buber
 Abraham Joshua Heschel
 Mordecai Kaplan
 Franz Rosenzweig


Question 6. 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 7. 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 8. 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 9. 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


Question 10. Which Jewish philosopher wrote The Lonely Man of Faith?
 Rabbi Moshe Feinstein
 Isaac Abrabanel
 Rabbi Joseph Caro
 Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik