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. True or false: Kabbalists thought that only a handful of worthy students should receive the secrets of the Law.
Question 2. 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 3. A main goal of medieval Jewish thinkers was to reconcile Jewish thought with what philosophy?
Question 4. 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
Question 5. 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 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. Who wrote Wars of the Lord?
Question 8. Which Jewish philosopher was sometimes known as the rabbi of Theresienstadt?
Abraham Joshua Heschel
Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Question 9. Which of these statements is NOT one of Maimonides' 13 Principles of Faith?
God has no physical body
The Messiah will redeem Israel
The dead will be resurrected
Jews must live in the Land of Israel
Question 10. True or false: Aristotle is never mentioned in the Talmud.