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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


Question 2. 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 3. What is the word for "bread" in Hebrew?


Question 4. Where did Yiddish originate?
 The Soviet Union


Question 5. How old is the Aramaic language?
 About 1000 years old
 Over 3000 years old
 Precisely 2010 years old
 200 years old


Question 6. When did editions of the Judeo-Spanish Bible translations first appear?
 14th century
 15th century
 16th century
 17th century


Question 7. True or false: In the time of the Mishnah, Hebrew was the language for scholarship, but most Jewish people spoke Aramaic.


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. 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 10. 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.