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. 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 2. When Joseph Soloveitchik moved to the United States, he became Chief Rabbi of the Orthodox community in what city?
Question 3. Who was voted the greatest British Jew of all time by the London Jewish Chronicle in 2005?
Sir Jonathan Sacks
Question 4. Which of these Jewish thinkers identified as an Orthodox Jew?
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Question 5. Who wrote Wars of the Lord?
Question 6. Which of these statements about Jewish philosophy is true?
There is not a lot of debate; most issues are very straightforward and authorities are unified
It has historically been more important than Jewish practice (halakhah)
Throughout history, it developed in dialogue with surrounding cultures
Though there is a lot of debate, all agree that the ultimate reward awaits in the World to Come
Question 7. Which of the following philosophers was excommunicated from his Jewish community?
Question 8. True or false: Aristotle is never mentioned in the Talmud.
Question 9. Saadiah Gaon wrote a translation of the Bible in what language?
Question 10. 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