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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. 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
 Maimonides

 

Question 2. What language is the Kaddish prayer?
 Aramaic
 Hebrew
 Arabic
 Ladino

 

Question 3. 7. Which of the following is NOT a similarity between Hebrew and Yiddish?
 The two languages share the same alphabet.
 Both are Semitic languages, belonging to the Afroasiatic family of languages
 Both languages are read from right to left.
 Neither language uses capital letters.

 

Question 4. What is the word for "bread" in Hebrew?
 Okhel
 Mayim
 Mits
 Lehem
 Halav

 

Question 5. How many letters are in the Hebrew alphabet?
 26
 30
 22
 20

 

Question 6. Prior to the Holocaust, what percentage of world Jewry spoke Yiddish?
 30%
 75%
 90%
 50%

 

Question 7. 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 8. Who was the first Hebrew instructor in North America?
 Bishop Scalabrini
 Michael Strassfeld
 Judah Monis
 Rebecca Gratz

 

Question 9. 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?
 Eliyahu Koren
 Ismar David
 Zvi Narkis
 Daniel Bomberg

 

Question 10. True or false: Ashkenazic and Sephardic Hebrew differ in pronunciation, but are identical in written form.
 True
 False