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Jewish Languages Quiz

From Hebrew to Aramaic, Ladino, Yiddish, and Judaeo-Arabic--how much do you know about the languages that Jews spoke in the past and continue to speak today?

Question 1. Where did Yiddish originate?
 The Soviet Union


Question 2. Which of these is NOT mostly Hebrew?
 The Bible
 The Jewish liturgy
 The Mishnah
 The Gemara


Question 3. What do the Hebrew letters khaf, mem, nun, pey, and tzade have in common?
 They are all hard to pronounce for non-native Hebrew speakers
 They are all considered late additions to the Hebrew alphabet
 They are all written differently when they are at the end of a word
 They are the most common letters in the Tanakh


Question 4. In 1856, the first regular weekly Hebrew newspaper, Ha‑Maggid, began publication where?
 Israel (Palestine)


Question 5. Jewish Neo-Aramaic texts are written in Hebrew, but:
 From left to right
 With a new set of vowels
 The spelling is phonetic
 Only use 20 out of the 26 Hebrew characters


Question 6. What does the Hebrew word nikudot refer to?


Question 7. Judah Monis, the first full-time Hebrew instructor in American, taught at which university?
 University of Michigan
 Brandeis University
 Harvard University
 Yale University


Question 8. What does The National Yiddish Book Center do?
 Offer Yiddish classes to graduate students
 Preserve Jewish books
 Allow students to shelve Yiddish books in the Center's library
 All of the above


Question 9. True or false: Ashkenazic and Sephardic Hebrew differ in pronunciation, but are identical in written form.


Question 10. According to rabbinic literature, Hebrew is the language of whom?
 The angels
 All humanity
 All of these