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

 

Question 2. 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 3. True or False: Medieval Jewish Philosophers were averse to ever citing the work or theories of non-Jewish philosophers.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. Which of these Jewish thinkers identified as an Orthodox Jew?
 Philo
 Maimonides
 A.J. Heschel
 Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson

 

Question 5. True or false: Aristotle is never mentioned in the Talmud.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. Solomon Ibn Adret is more commonly known as
 Rashba
 Rambam
 Rashi
 Saadiah Gaon

 

Question 7. 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 8. Which of these Jewish thinkers lived most recently?
 Philo
 Maimonides
 A.J. Heschel
 Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson

 

Question 9. Emmanuel Levinas published works in Les Temps Modernes--the journal of which French philosopher?
 Albert Camus
 Jean-Paul Sartre
 Simone de Beauvoir
 Michel Foucault

 

Question 10. Which of these philosophers was NOT Spanish?
 Maimonides
 Saadiah Gaon
 Judah Halevi
 Bahya Ibn Pakudah