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

 

Question 2. What is the word for "bread" in Hebrew?
 Okhel
 Mayim
 Mits
 Lehem
 Halav

 

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. Which Jewish mystic is known for developing a meditative system based on the Hebrew alphabet?
 Abraham Abulafia
 Rabbi Isaac Luria
 Israel ben Eliezer
 Abraham ben David

 

Question 5. Where did Yiddish originate?
 Poland
 The Soviet Union
 Germany
 Hungary
 Lithuania

 

Question 6. Rabbinic literature refers to Hebrew as lashon ha-kodesh, which means
 The only language
 The holy language
 The language of the Chosen
 God's language

 

Question 7. In 1856, the first regular weekly Hebrew newspaper, Ha‑Maggid, began publication where?
 France
 Israel (Palestine)
 Russia
 Spain

 

Question 8. What does the Hebrew word nikudot refer to?
 Contractions
 Colloquialisms
 Misspellings
 Vowels

 

Question 9. Which is NOT a name for Ladino?
 Spanyol
 Judezmo
 Solitreo
 Judió

 

Question 10. The first attested Jewish Aramaic texts are from:
 The Jewish military outpost in Elephantine
 The Book of Ezra
 The Book of Daniel
 The Zohar