Jewish Languages QuizFrom 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. Which of these is NOT a Jewish hybrid language?
Question 2. Which is NOT a name for Ladino?
Question 3. When did Hebrew's primacy as a spoken language begin to diminish?
After the destruction of the First Temple and the exile that followed
After the destruction of the Second Temple and the exile that followed
The end of the second millennium C.E.
The arrival of the Jews in Canaan after wandering in the desert
Question 4. 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 5. What language is The Zohar written in?
Question 6. What was the original name of the block letters used in Torah scrolls and most printed Hebrew texts?
Question 7. Rabbinic literature refers to Hebrew as lashon ha-kodesh, which means
The only language
The holy language
The language of the Chosen
Question 8. What does "Rashi script" refer to?
The formal square or block letter hand of Hebrew
The semi-cursive hand found in Rabbinic texts
The cursive, flowing hand for everyday correspondence
The common "Hebrew-style" computer font
Question 9. What do the Hebrew words Barukh, Melekh, Tov, and Vaed have in common?
They are all in the first sentence of the Torah
They are among the most common words in Hebrew prayers
They are all different words that mean "good"
They are all palindromes
Question 10. Who designed Israel's official seal and its first postage stamp, as well as the fonts for the first original edition of the Hebrew Bible published in Israel?