What Rabbinic School Do You Belong To?

Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Ishmael symbolize two fields of thought in Jewish theology. For over a millennium and a half, their ideologies have clashed against one another and challenged the way we perceive and interact with scripture, the world, and God. This brief and entertaining quiz was created in order to continue the challenge and dialectic.

So who are you, Akiva or Ishmael? The line is drawn in the sand. Though no question is perfect and no answer complete, take this quiz to find out which side and school of thought you might stand on.

Created by: doomsayer

  1. What is your age?
  2. What is your gender?
  1. The powers that be are defiling the holy sanctuary of your god. What do you do?
  2. What is the better way to understand biblical texts?
  3. Every word, every letter, every jot, every tittle, even the spaces between letters reveal divine wisdom.
  4. By this law, all other laws are fulfilled:
  5. You're wise. Your beard is long. And holy Moses, people like you. So how many disciples do you take?
  6. Thousands of years from now, when we look back on history, we'll see that the Sages:
  7. The purpose of religion is to service:
  8. No man may see YHWH and live. (Exodus 33:20)
  9. Why do righteous people suffer and why do the wicked prosper?
  10. What do you think about miracles?

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Quiz topic: What Rabbinic School do I Belong To?