Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Kabbalah?


What ties bind Madonna, Frankenstein and a mystical philosophy of cosmic unity? Kabbalah, of course. The ancient wisdom of Jewish mysticism is said to have been transmitted to Moses on Mount Sinai, and has been more recently in the limelight for its string of celebrity devotees. Between trend and tradition, how much do you know about kabbalah?

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Q1. Rabbi Isaac Luria, regarded as the greatest kabbalist, is often referred to as:
1. The Bird
2. The King
3. The Lion
4. The Infinite
Q2. The kabbalistic artificial human being is known as a:
1. Monster
2. Golem
3. Shekhina
4. Shaman
Q3. What was the name of the 17th-century Jewish "false Messiah" who helped popularize Kabbalah?
1. Shabbetai Zevi
2. Judah HaLevi
3. Moses Maimonides
4. Rabbi Philip Berg
Q4. What is the key text of the Kabbalah called?
1. The Torah
2. The Talmud
3. The Mishnah
4. The Zohar
Q5. Which group of Jews were responsible for the spread of kabbalistic thought throughout Europe?
1. Reconstructionists
2. Reform Jews
3. Hasids
4. Secular Jews
Q6. The kabbalistic term for describing the divine, Ein Sof, literally means:
1. Without worry
2. Without end
3. Without breath
4. Without fear
Q7. Jewish tradition taught that Kabbalah could only be taught to people who were:
1. Male
2. Married
3. Experts in the Torah
4. All of the above
Q8. According to biblical and folk sources, which of the following was the red string not meant to do?
1. Ward off the evil eye
2. Protect pregnant women
3. Allow the wearer to speak in tongues
4. Remind the wearer to bear himself with humility
Q9. Which of the following books or artworks do not contain explicit references to kabbalistic figures or thought?
1. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
2. Leonard Nimoy's Shekhina
3. William Blake's poetry
4. Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde
Q10. How have the Sefirot, the kabbalistic term for the diverse manifestations of God, been described?
1. An upside-down tree
2. A perfect circle representing eternity
3. A huge man
4. All of the above
Q11. Which city was a thriving center of kabbalistic thought in the mid-16th century?
1. Safed, Palestine
2. Avila, Spain
3. Lisbon, Portugal
4. Heidelberg, Germany
Q12. In which religion other than Judaism do adherents practice forms of Kabbalah?
1. Wicca
2. Christianity
3. Rosicrucianism
4. All of the above


 

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