My Jewish Learning

Israeli History Quiz

Since its birth in 1948, Israel has had a busy history, dotted with wars and peace treaties. How much do you know about the history of Zionism and the Jewish state?



Question 1. True or false: The majority of rabbis, Orthodox and Reform, were supportive of Theodore Herzl's Zionist vision.
 True
 False

 

Question 2. True or false: A.D. Gordon was a socialist.
 True
 False

 

Question 3. In the Bible, God first promises the Land of Israel to whose descendants?
 Adam
 Abraham
 Moses
 Joshua

 

Question 4. According to Abraham Isaac Kook, even secular forms of Zionism hasten what?
 The Messiah
 The apocalyptic end of days
 All Jews' return to the traditional fold
 All of these

 

Question 5. Nahmanides said that all Jewish laws were only meant to be performed in the Land of Israel. What did he say about performing mitzvot in exile?
 It is not necessary to perform mitzvot in exile
 By performing mitzvot out of Israel, Jews distinguish themselves from non-Jews
 By performing mitzvot out of Israel, Jews keep tradition alive
 It is necessary to perform mitzvot out of Israel, in hopes of one day returning to the land

 

Question 6. Which of these are non-Jewish citizens of Israel?
 Circassians
 Druze
 Bedouin
 All of these

 

Question 7. True or false: While the majority of Israelis are secular Jews, a vocal, powerful minority of Orthodox Jews has a disproportionate influence on religious policy for the nation.
 True
 False