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. Where did Yiddish originate?
The Soviet Union
Question 2. Which of these is NOT mostly Hebrew?
The Jewish liturgy
Question 3. What do the Hebrew letters khaf, mem, nun, pey, and tzade have in common?
They are all hard to pronounce for non-native Hebrew speakers
They are all considered late additions to the Hebrew alphabet
They are all written differently when they are at the end of a word
They are the most common letters in the Tanakh
Question 4. In 1856, the first regular weekly Hebrew newspaper, Ha‑Maggid, began publication where?
Question 5. 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 6. What does the Hebrew word nikudot refer to?
Question 7. Judah Monis, the first full-time Hebrew instructor in American, taught at which university?
University of Michigan
Question 8. 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 9. True or false: Ashkenazic and Sephardic Hebrew differ in pronunciation, but are identical in written form.
Question 10. According to rabbinic literature, Hebrew is the language of whom?
All of these