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. In 1856, the first regular weekly Hebrew newspaper, Ha‑Maggid, began publication where?
Question 2. 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 3. What was the original name of the block letters used in Torah scrolls and most printed Hebrew texts?
Question 4. 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 5. Where is the only Ladino newspaper in the world published?
Question 6. Who was the first Hebrew instructor in North America?
Question 7. Up to the beginning of the 20th century, Ladino was almost always written in
A mix of characters from Hebrew and Spanish
Spanish characters only
Hebrew characters with some modifications
Question 8. How is Hebrew written?
From left to right
From right to left
From above to below
From below to above
Question 9. Prior to the Holocaust, what percentage of world Jewry spoke Yiddish?
Question 10. 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