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. Emmanuel Levinas published works in Les Temps Modernes--the journal of which French philosopher?
Simone de Beauvoir
Question 2. What is rationalism?
Rationalism is the attitude in which religious faith has to justify itself at the bar of reason before it can be accepted.
Rationalism is the attitude that logic is at the base of all of Godís actions.
Rationalism is the attitude in which rational actions are examined and proved to be ultimately hypocritical.
Rationalism is the intensely personal philosophy in which the individual responds not to a philosophical system, which she surveys from the outside, but to what is true for her.
Question 3. True or false: Kabbalists thought that only a handful of worthy students should receive the secrets of the Law.
Question 4. Which of these thinkers was involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States?
Abraham Joshua Heschel
Question 5. A main goal of medieval Jewish thinkers was to reconcile Jewish thought with what philosophy?
Question 6. Hellenistic Jewish literature is dominated by which figure?
Question 7. Saadiah Gaon wrote a translation of the Bible in what language?
Question 8. Gersonides was not
Question 9. True or False: Medieval Jewish Philosophers were averse to ever citing the work or theories of non-Jewish philosophers.
Question 10. 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