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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. Prior to the Holocaust, what percentage of world Jewry spoke Yiddish?


Question 2. 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 3. When did editions of the Judeo-Spanish Bible translations first appear?
 14th century
 15th century
 16th century
 17th century


Question 4. Which of these is NOT a Jewish hybrid language?


Question 5. What language is The Zohar written in?


Question 6. Where is the only Ladino newspaper in the world published?
 Tel Aviv


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
 Aramaic characters
 Hebrew characters with some modifications


Question 8. 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 9. What does the Hebrew word nikudot refer to?


Question 10. What language is the Kaddish prayer?