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. Who introduced the system of dots and dashes that indicate how Hebrew words should be pronounced?
Joshua (Moses' successor)
Rabbis known as the Masoretes
Question 2. In the Middle Ages, Hebrew was used primarily for what?
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?
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?
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.