Pop Kabbalah Quiz


Is the recent Kabbalah revival among Hollywood icons and pop stars just another celebrity fad? Whatever you think about Madonna, Roseanne, Elizabeth Taylor, and others experimenting with Jewish mysticism, take this quiz to see how much you know about Kabbalah's appearances in pop culture.

Plus: What's Kabbalah?
Q1. Which singer claimed that she has tried Kabbalah but prefers the teachings of Sikhism?
1. Dionne Warwick
2. Courtney Love
3. Lauryn Hill
4. Britney Spears
Q2. Which of the following did Madonna not do during her explorations of kabbalah?
1. Took classes at LA's Kabbalah Learning Center.
2. Named her first child after a key kabbalistic concept.
3. Threw a kabbalah cocktail party.
4. Asked her kabbalah teacher what the best day would be to give birth to her baby.
Q3. Which 1998 film involves a mathematician who is courted by a kabbalistic sect to help them understand the key to the universe?
1. The Faculty
2. Life Is Beautiful
3. Pi
4. City of Angels
Q4. What incident sparked actor Kirk Douglas's religious revival and subsequent interest in kabbalah?
1. A near-fatal helicopter crash
2. His 1996 stroke
3. His first Academy Award nomination
4. The marriage of his son to Catherine Zeta-Jones
Q5. Which celebrity disassociated herself from the kabbalah fad by noting on her website that she only attended one kabbalah class?
1. Sharon Stone
2. Ivana Trump
3. Fran Drescher
4. Barbra Streisand
Q6. Which recent popular novel intertwines Jewish mystical themes with spelling?
1. Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
2. Word Freak by Stephan Fatsis
3. The Human Stain by Philip Roth
4. The Red Tent by Anita Diament
Q7. Which of the following did Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell not do after he discovered kabbalah?
1. Wrote some of his lyrics based on lines from the Zohar, the primary kabbalistic text..
2. Named his 2001 tour after the Jubilee year mentioned in the Hebrew bible.
3. Based the name of his band Porno for Pyros on the kabbalistic symbolism of the flame.
4. Studied with Hasidic rabbi Yosef Langer.
Q8. In the "X-Files" episode "Kaddish," Agent Mulder is attacked by a Golem, which is
1. An alien from a mythical Jewish planet
2. A creature ancient kabbalists believed could be conjured from the earth
3. A Jewish spiritual teacher
4. His nickname for Agent Scully


 

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