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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. 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 2. What language is the Book of Daniel written in?
 Arabic
 Aramaic
 Hebrew
 Judeo-Greek

 

Question 3. Where did Yiddish originate?
 Poland
 The Soviet Union
 Germany
 Hungary
 Lithuania

 

Question 4. 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 5. True or false: In the time of the Mishnah, Hebrew was the language for scholarship, but most Jewish people spoke Aramaic.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. Moses Mendelsshon was the first person to translate the Torah into which language?
 Russian
 English
 German
 Czech

 

Question 7. What language is The Zohar written in?
 Hebrew
 Arabic
 Aramaic
 German

 

Question 8. When did editions of the Judeo-Spanish Bible translations first appear?
 14th century
 15th century
 16th century
 17th century

 

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)
 Rabbi Akiba
 Rabbis known as the Masoretes
 Maimonides