Take the Jewish Trivia Challenge!

Shavuot, the holiday which commemorates the giving of the Torah at Sinai over 3,000 years ago, begins this Saturday night. Some will celebrate the holiday by staying awake all night studying Torah. Still others will mark the day by eating dairy foods, especially cheesecake. This year, before the holiday, take my first annual 20 question eclectic Jewish Trivia  Quiz, presenting a variety of questions on Jewish history,  Bible, sports, and politics. Or, print it out before the chag, and everyone will think that you are studying a serious work of scholarship. You can still burn the midnight oil, and feast on cheesecake, but with the knowledge that you are a certified master of Jewish information — especially if you look at the answers beforehand. Chag Sameach!

1. Who was the first Jew?

A. Abraham

B. Moses

C. Noah

2. Who was the first king of Israel?

A. David

B. Saul

C. Solomon

3. Which of the following is not one of the Ten Commandments?

A. Honoring parents

B. Moving to Israel

C. Belief in one God

4. Which of the following books is not part of the Bible?

A. Ecclesiastes

B. Ben Sira

C. Proverbs

D. Chronicles

5. The last standing remnant of the Temple in Jerusalem is:

A. The Western Wall

B. The Windmill

C. The Cardo

6. Which is not the name of one of the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem?

A. Lion’s Gate

B. Golden Gate

C. Dung Gate

D. Heaven’s Gate

7. The first Temple was destroyed in 586 B.C.E. by:

A. The Babylonians

B. The Pomeranians

C. The Romans

8. What written work is a restatement of the Oral Law?

A. Mishnah

B. Midrash

C. Mishmash

D. Masechet

9. Maimonides’ father was:

A. Ibn Tibbon

B. Nachmanides

C. Maimon

10. The agreement that carved out much of the modern Middle East is called:

A. Sykes Picot

B. Kimberly Clark

C. Harley Davidson

D. Hawley Smoot

11. Who was the first Ashkenazic chief rabbi of British Mandatory Palestine?

A. Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook

B. Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook

C. Captain Cook

12. Who was the first prime minister of Israel?

A. David Ben Gurion

B. Moshe Sharett

C. Shimon Peres

13. Who was the first president of Israel?

A. Chaim Weizmann

B. Ezer Weizmann

C. Haym Solomon

14. Which of these is not the name of an Israeli political party?

A. Zionist Union

B. Jewish Home

C. Sephardic Torah Guardians

D. Guardian Angels

15. The historic agreement between Israel and Egypt was negotiated at:

A. The Suez Canal

B. The Gulf of Aqaba

C. Camp David

D. Camp Moshava

16. Yvette and Vivien are:

A. The first names of a famous Israeli singing duo

B. The first names of two famous Israeli politicians

C. The wives of King Solomon

17. The Israeli city of Netanya is named after

A. The prophet Nathan

B. Nathan Straus, owner of Macy’s Department Store

C. Nathan Handwerker, inventor of Nathan’s Hot Dogs

18. Who holds the record for most career home runs by a Jewish Major Leaguer?

A. Hank Greenberg

B. Shawn Green

C. Art Shamsky

D. Mike Epstein

19. Which Jewish pitcher threw two no-hitters for the Chicago Cubs?

A. Sandy Koufax

B. Ross Baumgarten

C. Ken Holtzman

20. Which famous woman said, “Your people shall be my people and your God my God.”

A. Naomi

B. Ruth

C. Madonna

Answers: 1a, 2b, 3b, 4b, 5a, 6d, 7a, 8a, 9c, 10a, 11b, 12a, 13a, 14d, 15c, 16b, 17b, 18a, 19c, 20b

About the Author
Rabbi Alan Rosenbaum is the vice-president of Davka Corporation (www.davka.com) one of the world's leading developers of Jewish educational software. He has lived in Israel since 1996, and writes extensively about Jewish life in Israel for the Jerusalem Post, the Times of Israel, and other publications.
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