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. Leo Baeck's The Essence of Judaism was written in response to
Adolf von Harnack's Essence of Christianity
Baruch Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico Politicus
Franz Rosenzweig's The Star of Redemption
Martin Buber's For the Sake of Heaven
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: Medieval Jewish Philosophers were averse to ever citing the work or theories of non-Jewish philosophers.
Question 4. Who was voted the greatest British Jew of all time by the London Jewish Chronicle in 2005?
Sir Jonathan Sacks
Question 5. Which Jewish philosopher wrote The Lonely Man of Faith?
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein
Rabbi Joseph Caro
Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik
Question 6. According to E. E. Dessler the best way to understand God is to
Do works of lovingkindness
Work for a Jewish organization
Fast and immerse oneself in Kabbalah
Question 7. Gersonides was not
Question 8. 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 9. 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 10. A main goal of medieval Jewish thinkers was to reconcile Jewish thought with what philosophy?