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. 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 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: Non-Jewish readers refered to Moses Mendelssohn as "the Jewish Socrates."


Question 4. Saadiah Gaon wrote a translation of the Bible in what language?


Question 5. Who was voted the greatest British Jew of all time by the London Jewish Chronicle in 2005?
 Hermann Adler
 Sir Jonathan Sacks
 Louis Jacobs
 Benjamin Disraeli


Question 6. In religious existentialism the believer adopts monotheism because
 He has seen absolute proof of a single God
 Through a leap of faith
 He understands that he is just a speck in the vastness of the universe
 He has been told to at Sunday school


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


Question 8. Which of these groups was NOT labeled heretic?
 The Karaites
 The Sephardic Jews in North Africa
 The Mitnagdim
 The Hasidim


Question 9. 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 10. Which of these Jewish thinkers identified as an Orthodox Jew?
 A.J. Heschel
 Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson