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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. 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 2. Judah Monis, the first full-time Hebrew instructor in American, taught at which university?
 University of Michigan
 Brandeis University
 Harvard University
 Yale University


Question 3. How old is the Aramaic language?
 About 1000 years old
 Over 3000 years old
 Precisely 2010 years old
 200 years old


Question 4. Where is the only Ladino newspaper in the world published?
 Tel Aviv


Question 5. 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 6. What language is The Zohar written in?


Question 7. Which is NOT a name for Ladino?


Question 8. 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 9. According to rabbinic literature, Hebrew is the language of whom?
 The angels
 All humanity
 All of these


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