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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. Rabbinic literature refers to Hebrew as lashon ha-kodesh, which means
 The only language
 The holy language
 The language of the Chosen
 God's language


Question 2. What language is the Book of Daniel written in?


Question 3. Where did Yiddish originate?
 The Soviet Union


Question 4. In the Middle Ages, Hebrew was used primarily for what?
 Day-to-day conversations
 Written correspondence
 Ritual and religious purposes
 None of the above


Question 5. True or false: In the time of the Mishnah, Hebrew was the language for scholarship, but most Jewish people spoke Aramaic.


Question 6. Moses Mendelsshon was the first person to translate the Torah into which language?


Question 7. What language is The Zohar written in?


Question 8. When did editions of the Judeo-Spanish Bible translations first appear?
 14th century
 15th century
 16th century
 17th century


Question 9. 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 10. Who introduced the system of dots and dashes that indicate how Hebrew words should be pronounced?
 Joshua (Moses' successor)
 Rabbi Akiba
 Rabbis known as the Masoretes