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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. What language is the Book of Daniel written in?


Question 2. What language is The Zohar written in?


Question 3. Which of these is NOT a Jewish hybrid language?


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


Question 5. Which of these is NOT mostly Hebrew?
 The Bible
 The Jewish liturgy
 The Mishnah
 The Gemara


Question 6. Which of these Jewish thinkers berates modern Jews for neglecting the Hebrew language and, in so doing, becoming Jewishly illiterate?
 Leon Wieseltier
 Jenna Weissman Joselit
 Joseph Soloveitchik
 Abraham Geiger


Question 7. Moses Mendelsshon was the first person to translate the Torah into which language?


Question 8. Up to the beginning of the 20th century, Ladino was almost always written in
 A mix of characters from Hebrew and Spanish
 Spanish characters only
 Aramaic characters
 Hebrew characters with some modifications


Question 9. 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 10. What was the original name of the block letters used in Torah scrolls and most printed Hebrew texts?
 Ktav ashuri
 Ktav ivri
 Lashon ha-kodesh