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. Rabbinic literature refers to Hebrew as lashon ha-kodesh, which means
The only language
The holy language
The language of the Chosen
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?
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?
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)
Rabbis known as the Masoretes